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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-sten-shuh n]
    • /æbˈstɛn ʃən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-sten-shuh n]
    • /æbˈstɛn ʃən/

Definitions of abstentious word

  • noun abstentious an act or instance of abstaining. 1
  • noun abstentious withholding of a vote. 1
  • noun abstentious Characterized by abstinence; self-restraint. 1

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Origin of abstentious

First appearance:

before 1515
One of the 27% oldest English words
1515-25; < Late Latin abstentiōn- (stem of abstentiō), equivalent to Latin abstent(us), past participle of abstinēre to abstain + -iōn- -ion

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Parts of speech for Abstentious


abstentious popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 77% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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Synonyms for abstentious

adj abstentious

  • celibate — Someone who is celibate does not marry or have sex, because of their religious beliefs.
  • ascetic — An ascetic person has a way of life that is simple and strict, usually because of their religious beliefs.
  • abstemious — Someone who is abstemious avoids doing too much of something enjoyable such as eating or drinking.
  • austere — If you describe something as austere, you approve of its plain and simple appearance.
  • inhibited — overly restrained.

adjective abstentious

  • chaste — If you describe a person or their behaviour as chaste, you mean that they do not have sex with anyone, or they only have sex with their husband or wife.
  • pure — free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind; free from extraneous matter: pure gold; pure water.
  • controlled — held in check; curbed: poorly controlled anger.

Antonyms for abstentious

adj abstentious

  • impure — not pure; mixed with extraneous matter, especially of an inferior or contaminating nature: impure water and air.
  • incontinent — unable to restrain natural discharges or evacuations of urine or feces.
  • unchaste — not chaste; not virtuous; not pure: an unchaste woman.
  • immoderate — not moderate; exceeding just or reasonable limits; excessive; extreme.
  • stormy — affected, characterized by, or subject to storms; tempestuous: a stormy sea.

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