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.