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abstain
as in:  abstained from alcohol


I abstain from alcohol
  choose not to do something
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Abstain is often used in this sense to indicate that one is refraining for their own good from a practice that is tempting; e.g., drinking alcohol or having sex.
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  • I abstain from alcohol
  • He promised to abstain from smoking, chewing, and profanity as long as he remained a member.
    Twain, Mark  --  Tom Sawyer
  • Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
    George Eliot
  • John had recommended that she abstain from such foods as root and leafy vegetables, and that she perform some active physical labor.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate

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  • They both followed the Buddha until they reached the town and then returned in silence, for they themselves intended to abstain from on this day.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • Better to abstain from the gardens of delectable delights than to be stuck planting them, dawn to dusk.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Shiftman’s definition of a chipper is someone who smokes no more than five cigarettes a day but who smokes at least four days a week. ... reportedly experienced almost no withdrawal symptoms when abstaining from smoking. ... In short, every indicator examined suggests that chippers are not addicted to nicotine...
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • I will let you abstain this time.
    Darren Shan  --  A Vampire’s Assistant
  • ...to abstain from sex until I marry.
    Melody Carlson  --  Becoming Me
  • I purposely abstain from extending these observations to any length.
    Dickens, Charles  --  American Notes for General Circulation

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  • They also abstain from all heavy thoughts which inflate the heart.
    Nietzsche, Friedrich  --  Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book For All And None
  • But I like her poor old father, and for his sake I beg you to abstain from any attempt to verify your theories.
    James, Henry  --  The American
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Associated words [difficulty]:   abstain [6]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Logic & Reasoning, Religion & Spirtuality, Law
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