abstinence etymology

English word abstinence comes from Latin teneo, Latin abs, and later Latin abstinentia (Abstinence, self-restraint. Fasting.)

Detailed word origin of abstinence

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
teneo Latin (lat) (of laws) I am binding on; bind, hold, obligate. (reflexive) I keep back, remain, stay, hold position. I comprise, contain, include, hold. I hold fast, restrain, detain, check, control; bind, fetter. I hold, have; grasp. I insist, uphold. I know, grasp, understand, conceive. I possess, occupy, control. I reach, attain; gain, acquire, obtain. I recollect, retain knowledge of, remember, bear [...]
abs Latin (lat)
abstinere Latin (lat)
abstinens Latin (lat)
abstinentia Latin (lat) Abstinence, self-restraint. Fasting.
abstinence Old French (fro) Abstinence (act or practice of abstaining).
abstinence English (eng) (business) Delay of spending to accrue capital.. (ecclesiastical) Abstention from certain foods on days of penitential observance. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.]. (obsolete) Self-denial; abstaining; or forebearance of anything. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.]. Specifically, the practice of abstaining from intoxicating/alcoholic beverages; total abstinence; teetotalism). [First [...]

Words with the same origin as abstinence

Descendants of teneo
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