GRE Word of the day

This week's theme:

Discipline

abstinence

Pronunciation

"ab-stuh-nuhns"

Part of Speech

noun

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N

Meaning(s)

  1. Act or practice of refraining oneself from indulging in an appetite, eg. food, alcohol, etc
  2. Any self-restraint, self-denial, or forbearance
  3. The state of being without a drug, as alcohol or heroin, on which one is dependent.

Example(s)

"Joan's addiction to chocolate reached such bizarre proportions that she found herself sneaking out from an office meeting for a minute to eat some from her handbag. That did it! Something pulled her back to her senses and she decided to abstain from chocolate for at least a month. She was successful in her abstinence and from then on, she learned to choose to indulge in the food from time to time, than acquiesce to uncontrollable cravings.

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