Adjective "abstinent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Refraining from an activity or from the consumption of something, especially alcohol.
  1. 'Participants who were abstinent from drugs and alcohol during anger management treatment but did not complete anger management treatment were coded as relapsed at the time of the dropout.'
  2. 'It is therefore highly unlikely that he will be abstinent from alcohol unless he was sectioned and in a locked environment.'
  3. 'There's nothing in the world wrong with encouraging adolescents to be abstinent as long as possible.'
  4. 'The group, made up of politicians, health boards and doctors, have declared that telling pupils to be abstinent is too ‘preachy’ and will stigmatise those pupils who have already had sex.'
  5. 'In order to be eligible to be placed, residents will need to be abstinent from drugs and alcohol and remain so, on or off'
  6. 'In such a traditionally abstinent group, abuse of alcohol leads to shame and loss of traditional culture.'
  7. 'There's nothing worse than being abstinent because you're due to play soon.'
  8. 'In our opinion, the fact that in our study 10% of participants unwilling or unable to stop smoking at baseline were abstinent at two years clearly gives support to the idea that smoking reduction can be a step towards abstinence.'
  9. 'Lesley believes that her main reason for remaining abstinent was for herself and her son. ‘I couldn't put my son through what he's been through another time.’'
  10. 'We know it has something to do with sex, but if we are asking people to be abstinent from sexual activity, what are the specific behaviors from which we are asking them to abstain?'


1. forbearance from any indulgence of appetite, especially from the use of alcoholic beverages: total abstinence.

2. any self-restraint, self-denial, or forbearance.

3. Economics. the conserving of current income in order to build up capital or savings.

4. the state of being without a drug, as alcohol or heroin, on which one is dependent.

More examples(as adjective)

"sufferers can be abstinent."


(abstinence)Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin abstinent- ‘abstaining’, from the verb abstinere (see abstain).