1. Adjective.  (context, Original Latin sense) Abstaining from wine.
  2. Adjective.  Sparing in diet; refraining from a free use of food and strong drinks; temperate; abstinent; sparing in the indulgence of the appetite or passions.
  3. Adjective.  Sparingly used; used with temperance or moderation.
  4. Adjective.  Marked by, or spent in, abstinence; as, an ''abstemious'' life.
  5. Adjective.  (rare) Promotive of abstemiousness.

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