Word of the DayMonday, January 05, 2009
\AB-stuh-nuhnt\ , adjective;
abstaining, especially from self-indulgence
The main reason I am abstinent is I don't want to become pregnant. That would be the worst thing. I wouldn't be able to finish school.
-- Tia Whipple, Time, 2006-09-15
It's not enough to just talk about abstinence. You have to be willing to talk to them about protection if they choose not to be abstinent.
-- Denver Post, 2007-10-15
c. 1386, from French abstinent from Old French astenant, from Latin abstinentem and abstinere "to withhold"
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