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Abstemious means self-disciplined or sparing, particularly when it comes to eating or drinking.

I suppose the fact that I rarely have the opportunity to use the word abstemious when talking about myself goes a long way in explaining why I’m a little overweight. On the other hand, it doesn’t explain in the least why I’m not morbidly obese times ten.

Despite references to food and drink consumption being the most common way abstemious is used, one can be abstemious in activities other than eating and drinking too. For example, one can also be abstemious with his or her words.

Well, that’s enough for this entry.

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