The act or practice of abstaining; voluntary forbearance of any action, especially the refraining from an indulgence of appetite, or from customary gratifications of animal or sensual propensities. Specifically, the practice of abstaining from intoxicating beverages, -- called also total abstinence.
To refrain from having sex.
Voluntarily refraining from sexual activity. Sexual activity is defined differently by different people and can mean anything from kissing to sexual intercourse. Many people who consider themselves abstentious have some sexual activity, such as masturbation, kissing, certain kinds of touching, but not others.
Ingesting no alcohol.
Avoiding a behavior such as smoking, drinking, using drugs, or sexual offending. Also may be used in terms of avoiding sexual activities at all. ("Abstinence from tobacco is the only way to be sure that a person trying to quit smoking can be sure to avoid going back to cigarettes.")
The act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite, as for food
Refraining from using drugs.
the trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol)
The decision to refrain from taking part in a self-prohibited behaviour. For sex offenders, abstinence is marked by the absence of fantasies, thoughts, materials, and behaviours that are associated with their offence patterns. In other words, deciding not to offend and sticking to it. Not thinking about offending and not offending in any way.
The complete avoidance of some consumable item or behavior” ( Levinthal, 199).
The act of refraining from the use of the substance or substances on which a person has become dependent.
The act or practice of restraint from the appetite or desire for alcohol; not allowing any alcohol to enter one's system.
Not using alcohol or other drugs.
to refrain from something by one's own choice. Sexual abstinence is refraining from intimate sexual activity that could lead to pregnancy or disease.
Not using a drug; being drug-free
1. Living without drinking or using other mood-altering substances. 2. Staying entirely free of any mood-altering alcohol or drugs. 3. Not drinking or using.
Choosing not to have sexual contact with a partner—including intercourse and oral sex. Abstinence is the only 100% effective pregnancy and STD prevention method.
The state of avoiding the use of mind-altering substances or behaviors. See "Recovery" for further information.
The total avoidance of a specific substance, such as alcohol, tobacco, and/or drugs.
To avoid doing something. For example, you can decide to abstain from all sexual activities or only from sexual intercourse or from drugs or alcohol. Not engaging in those sexual activities that can put a person at risk of infections, including STIs and HIV, or pregnancy.
The conscious choice not to use drugs. The term "abstinence" usually refers to the decision to end the use of a drug as part of the process of recovery from addiction.
No sexual activity such as intercourse or masturbation
refers to refraining completely from something; in reference to HIV infection and AIDS, it usually refers to completely avoiding sexual intercourse to avoid passing an HIV infection from one partner to another
not having sexual intercourse
The theory that a pathological gambler in recovery must completely abstain from all gambling. Abstinence is the goal of Gamblers Anonymous and most, though not all, treatment professionals.
Voluntarily refraining from sexual activity (including or excluding masturbation).
Sexual abstinence means different things to different people. In general it refers to a personal choice to refrain from sexual activity, including vaginal and anal intercourse, and oral sex.
To refrain from the usage of chemicals for which a person may have become addicted.
Refraining from sexual intercourse. To avoid pregnancy, abstinence includes the avoidance of genital contact during the fertile phase of the cycle.
Refraining from sexual intercourse for a period of time.
Refraining from sexual intercourse or intravenous drug use.
the philosophy of avoidance in order to alter behavioral patterns.
Refraining from all sexual activity.
To hold back or restrain. For example, to refrain from the use of drugs or alcohol, or from having sexual intercourse.
To dream that you abstain (by choice) from drink or from any sort of temptation is a warning against overconfidence.
Abstinence is a voluntary forbearance from indulging a desire or appetite for certain bodily activities that are widely experienced as giving pleasure. Most frequently, the term refers to abstention from sexual intercourse, alcohol or food. The practice can arise from religious prohibitions or practical considerations.