Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Characterized by abstinence; self-restraint.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Characterized by abstinence; self-restraining.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Characterized by abstention.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. self-restraining; not indulging an appetite especially for food or drink

Etymologies

From abstention +‎ -ous (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Bloc remain an opposition party in the new parliament, just as the abstentious Liberals have been an opposition party in the last parliament.

    When really stupid Blogging Tories blog.

  • Why do I keep fretting that President Obama's wonderful "housing plan" -- which news reports say could cost "around" 75 billion -- will end up forcing abstentious, responsible people to, in effect, buy homes for irresponsible dimwits with poor impulse control who bought way more house than they could pay for? he assured us last Tuesday night that "it's a plan that won't help speculators or that neighbor down the street who bought a house he could never hope to afford."

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