And scientists do, indeed, downplay many of the supposed benefits of abstaining from food.
I told her I was up for it and prepared by abstaining from alcohol, coffee, red meat, and sex for two days prior to the ceremony.
Belgium has stated it will be voting yes instead of abstaining.
The largely symbolic document was approved by 123 member states, with 13 voting against and 46 abstaining.
I pictured him as living in the wilderness, abstaining from meat and drink and living on roots and herbs and cold water.
But I am not now abstaining from doing so at the first moment when I asked the question.
There is little merit, I should think, in abstaining from such a constant use of medicine.
Hitherto he had kept himself pure for it, abstaining from all Headache overnight.
The old-fashioned habit of abstaining from taking the last piece upon the plate is no longer observed.
These were, no doubt, good reasons for abstaining, and they were grand morality.
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.