If you are a chocolate lover, you'll have to show great restraint when the dessert cart rolls over if you are practicing abstinence, another word for "refraining." It might take a lot of willpower not to throw yourself at the cart.

Abstinence is the opposite of indulgence. People who practice abstinence deny themselves something, often something they really want. Regardless of whether people are abstaining from food, alcohol, or sex, they have to practice self-control. In fact, the word is derived from the Latin term for "to hold back." The word abstinence is often used in reference to sex education courses that teach kids to hold themselves back from having sex.

Definitions of abstinence

n the trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol)

Type of:
self-denial, self-discipline
the trait of practicing self discipline

n act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite

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celibacy, chastity, sexual abstention
abstaining from sexual relations (as because of religious vows)
sobriety, temperance
abstaining from excess
teetotaling, teetotalism
abstaining from alcohol
fast, fasting
abstaining from food
inhibition, suppression
(psychology) the conscious exclusion of unacceptable thoughts or desires
the third pillar of Islam is fasting (primarily during the month of Ramadan); Muslims abstain from food and drink and gambling and all sensuous pleasures from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan
diet, dieting
the act of restricting your food intake (or your intake of particular foods)
hunger strike
a voluntary fast undertaken as a means of protest
(Islam) a fast (held from sunrise to sunset) that is carried out during the Islamic month of Ramadan
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self-control, self-denial, self-discipline
the act of denying yourself; controlling your impulses

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