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  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.

words with similar pronunciation

The similarity is measured in the number of changed sounds (added, deleted, or replaced) between two transcriptions.

abstinent/ˈæbstənənt/, 1 change.
sustenance/sˈʌstənəns/, 2 changes.
absence/ˈæbsəns/, 3 changes.
obstinate/ˈɑbstənət/, 3 changes.
dissonance/dˈɪsənəns/, 3 changes.
obstinacy/ˈɑbstənəsi/, 3 changes.
pestilence/pˈɛstələns/, 3 changes.
maintenance/mˈɛɪntənəns/, 3 changes.
countenance/kˈaʊntənəns/, 3 changes.

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