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abstemious
adj. not indulgent, satisfied with little, sparing, moderate

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Abstinence
Abstinence is a self-enforced restraint from indulging in bodily activities that are widely experienced as giving pleasure. Most frequently, the term refers to sexual abstinence, or abstinence from alcohol or food. The practice can arise from religious prohibitions and practical considerations. Abstinence may also refer to drugs. For example, you can abstain from smoking. Abstinence has diverse forms. Commonly it refers to a temporary or partial abstinence from food, as in fasting. In the twelve-step program of Overeaters Anonymous abstinence is the term for refraining from compulsive eating, akin in meaning to sobriety for alcoholics. Because the regimen is intended to be a conscious act, freely chosen to enhance life, abstinence is sometimes distinguished from the psychological mechanism of repression. The latter is an unconscious state, having unhealthy consequences. Freud termed the channeling of sexual energies into other more culturally or socially acceptable activities, "sublimation".

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abstemious

Adjective
1. sparing in consumption of especially food and drink; "the pleasures of the table, never of much consequence to one naturally abstemious"- John Galsworthy
(antonym) gluttonous
(similar) abstinent, abstentious
(see-also) nonindulgent
(attribute) abstemiousness
2. marked by temperance in indulgence; "abstemious meals"; "a light eater"; "a light smoker"; "ate a light supper"
(synonym) light(a)
(similar) temperate


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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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Abstemious
(a.)
Sparingly used; used with temperance or moderation; as, an abstemious diet.
  
 
(a.)
Sparing in diet; refraining from a free use of food and strong drinks; temperate; abstinent; sparing in the indulgence of the appetite or passions.
  
 
(a.)
Promotive of abstemiousness.
  
 
(a.)
Marked by, or spent in, abstinence; as, an abstemious life.
  
 
(a.)
Abstaining from wine.
  

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