- Noun. The act or practice of abstaining, refraining from indulging a desire.
- Noun. Specifically, the practice of abstaining from intoxicating/alcoholic beverages (also called total abstinence, teetotalism).
- Noun. Specifically, the practice of abstaining from sexual intercourse, either permanently or until marriage.
- Noun. The practice of self-denial by depriving one's self (partly or totally) of certain kinds of food or drink, especially meat.