The Russians, who abstained rather than using their veto, were horrified to see how quickly R2P morphed into regime change.
Mitt Romney, who has abstained from the frenzy so far, asks whether the state sales tax will go away; Cain called it an orange.
Mark had abstained from sex and drinking during college while his dad was so sick.
In 1978, as Knesset Speaker, he abstained in the vote on the Camp David Accords with Egypt.
Brazil, Russia, India, China, and Germany all abstained in the U.N. vote on military action in Libya.
His effort might have been a greater success if he had abstained from jocularity, which was not by any means his forte.
He drank three cups of tea, but abstained from food entirely.
I abstained from watching him, for I had no desire to spoil his evening sport by taunting him to continue his experiment.
However, we forgave each other, as we had abstained from the chief liberty.
Their designs were facilitated by the circumstance that Turkey had abstained from sending troops into the province.
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.