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.
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.