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tee·to·tal / ˈtēˌtōtl/ • adj. choosing or characterized by abstinence from alcohol: a teetotal lifestyle. DERIVATIVES: tee·to·tal·ism / -ˌizəm/ n.

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teetotal pert. to total abstinence. XIX. Said to have been first used by one Richard Turner, of Preston, Lancashire, about September 1833, in a speech advocating total abstinence from intoxicating liquors, in preference to abstinence from ardent spirits only. Perh. based on tee-totally wholly, entirely (XIX; U.S.), a strengthened form of totally (quasi T-totally).

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teetotal Total abstinence from alcohol, advocated by Richard Turner in a speech in Preston (Lancs) in 1833; he stammered over the word ‘total’.

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