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Meaning of temperance

tem•per•ance

Pronunciation: (tem'pur-uns, tem'pruns), [key]
— n.
  1. moderation or self-restraint in action, statement, etc.; self-control.
  2. habitual moderation in the indulgence of a natural appetite or passion, esp. in the use of alcoholic liquors.
  3. total abstinence from alcoholic liquors.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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