Definition for AB-STAIN'

AB-STAIN', v.i. [L. abstineo, to keep from; abs and teneo, to hold. See Tenant.]

In a general sense, to forbear, or refrain from, voluntarily; but used chiefly to denote a restraint upon the passions or appetites; to refrain from indulgence; as, to abstain from the use of ardent spirits; to abstain from luxuries. Abstain from meats offered to idols. Acts xv.

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