from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality of being abstemious, temperate, or sparing in the use of food and strong drinks. It expresses a greater degree of abstinence than temperance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality or habit of being temperate, especially in the use of food and drink.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. moderation in eating and drinking
- n. restricted to bare necessities
abstemious + -ness (Wiktionary)