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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishabstinenceab‧sti‧nence /ˈæbstənəns/ noun [uncountable]  NOT DO somethingthe practice of not having something you enjoy, especially alcohol or sex, usually for reasons of religion or healthabstinent adjective
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abstinenceI had planned to usher in the new decade with a month of abstinence.Some creatures indulge but once a year, with long periods of abstinence as they make copies of themselves.I should know by now that heavy drinkers are awfully fond of high-flown rationalisations for any brief spell of abstinence.In the early stages of abstinence, people are having a lot of difficulties and craving is most pronounced.Paul permits temporary abstinence also but only by mutual agreement.Total abstinence from any sweeteners can cure a sweet tooth permanently - which is much better in the long term.The primary goal of the treatment was abstinence.The third floor was a no-smoking floor or I think I might have started smoking again after six years' abstinence.
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