Sobriety is solemn or dignified personal behaviour, in particular abstinence with regard to (typically) the consumption of alcoholic beverages or drugs. It is also sometimes applied to the figurative 'consumption' of pornography, video games, DVDs, CDs, books, and the like.Fact|date=September 2008

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In neuro-linguistic programming, "sobriety" is the state of not acting out in an addiction.

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  • Sobriety — So*bri e*ty, n. [L. sobrietas: cf. F. sobri[ e]t[ e]. See {Sober}.] 1. Habitual soberness or temperance as to the use of spirituous liquors; as, a man of sobriety. [1913 Webster] Public sobriety is a relative duty. Blackstone. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sobriety — index common sense, continence, deliberation, moderation, reason (sound judgment), sagacity, solemnity …   Law dictionary

  • sobriety — c.1400, “moderation in indulgence,” from Fr. sobrieté or directly from L. sobrietas, from sobrius (see SOBER (Cf. sober)). Meaning “steadiness, gravity” is recorded from 1540s …   Etymology dictionary

  • sobriety — *temperance, abstinence, abstemiousness, continence Analogous words: moderateness, temperateness (see corresponding adjectives at MODERATE): quietness, stillness (see corresponding adjectives at STILL): seriousness, gravity, somberness,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sobriety — [n] abstinence abstaining, abstemiousness, continence, moderation, refraining, selfrestraint, soberness, teetotalism, temperance; concept 633 …   New thesaurus

  • sobriety — ► NOUN ▪ the state of being sober …   English terms dictionary

  • sobriety — [sə brī′ə tē, sōbrī′ə tē] n. [ME sobrete < OFr sobriete < L sobrietas < sobrius, SOBER] the state or quality of being sober; specif., a) temperance or moderation, esp. in the use of alcoholic liquor b) seriousness; sedateness …   English World dictionary

  • Sobriety — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Sobriety >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 sobriety sobriety Sgm: N 1 teetotalism teetotalism GRP: N 2 Sgm: N 2 water drinker water drinker Sgm: N 2 hydropot| hydropot| =>! Sgm: N 2 prohibitionist …   English dictionary for students

  • sobriety — [[t]səbra͟ɪɪti[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT Sobriety is the state of being sober rather than drunk. [FORMAL] 2) N UNCOUNT Sobriety is serious and thoughtful behaviour. [FORMAL] ...the values society depends upon, such as honesty, sobriety and trust …   English dictionary

  • sobriety — noun 1) she noted his sobriety Syn: soberness, clearheadedness; abstinence, teetotalism, nonindulgence, abstemiousness, temperance 2) the mayor is a model of sobriety Syn: seriousness, solemnity, gravity, gravitas …   Thesaurus of popular words

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