She and her husband had agreed to abstain from sex with each other until they were married.
If the board does not give careful consideration to the case, Mr. Greenberg could challenge its decision to abstain.
The Dutch and Swedish positions are not confirmed but they are likely to abstain.
Some especially well-bred people among us might be noble enough in spirit and possessions to abstain from this temptation.
The uniting factor in Giving Pledge is a commitment to abstain from dynastic wealth in the cause of philanthropy.
We know of a working-man who on the eve of his marriage signed a promise to abstain from intoxicating liquor.
Merely to abstain from definition was like a load taken off my mind.
The Bishop then locked up his books and papers, and commanded him to abstain from reading and writing for ten days.
The Newry folks, and all of their breed, abstain from whining and cadging.
I shall consider it as my duty to abstain from all mention of these awful events, and of these fatal controversies.
late 14c., "to withhold oneself," from Old French abstenir (14c.), earlier astenir (13c.) "hold (oneself) back, refrain, abstain (from), practice abstinence," from Latin abstinere "withhold, keep back, keep off," from ab(s)- "from, away from" (see ab-) + tenere "to hold" (see tenet). Specifically of liquor, attested from late 14c. Of voting, 1796. Related: Abstained; abstaining.