An avoidance by choice. Usually used in relation to certain foods, liquor or sexual practices. A complete voluntary act of refraining from indulgence. The act or practice of abstaining; voluntary forbearance of any action, especially the refraining from an indulgence of appetite, or from customary gratifications of animal or sensual propensities. Specifically, the practice of abstaining from intoxicating beverages, - called also total abstinence. The practice of self-denial by depriving one's self of certain kinds of food or drink, especially of meat.