how to pronounce abstinence


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abstinence is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of abstinence in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… late 1990s abstinence only until …”

meanings of abstinence


  1. Specifically, the practice of abstaining from intoxicating/alcoholic beverages; total abstinence; teetotalism).
  2. Abstention from certain foods on days of penitential observance.
  3. Specifically, the practice of abstaining from sexual intercourse, either permanently or until marriage.
  4. The practice of self-denial; self-restraint; forebearance from anything.
  5. Self-denial; abstaining; or forebearance of anything.
  6. The act or practice of abstaining, refraining from indulging a desire or appetite.
  7. Delay of spending to accrue capital.

abstinence frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word abstinence occurs in english on average 1.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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