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tee•to•tal  (tē tōtl, tētōt′l),USA pronunciation adj., v.  -taled, -tal•ing  or (esp. Brit.) -talled, -tal•ling. 
  1. of or pertaining to, advocating, or pledged to total abstinence from intoxicating drink.
  2. Informal Termsabsolute;

  1. to practice teetotalism.
tee•total•ly, adv. 
  • reduplicated variant of total, coined by R. Turner, of Preston, England, in 1833, in a speech advocating total abstinence from alcoholic drinks

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teetotal /tiːˈtəʊtəl/ adj
  1. of, relating to, or practising abstinence from alcoholic drink
  2. dialect complete
Etymology: 19th Century: allegedly coined in 1833 by Richard Turner, English advocate of total abstinence from alcoholic liquors; probably from total, with emphatic reduplication

teeˈtotaller n teeˈtotalism n


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