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abstention

[ab-sten-shuh n] /æbˈstɛn ʃən/
noun
1.
an act or instance of abstaining.
2.
withholding of a vote.
Origin
1515-1525
1515-25; < Late Latin abstentiōn- (stem of abstentiō), equivalent to Latin abstent(us), past participle of abstinēre to abstain + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
abstentious, adjective
nonabstention, noun
unabstentious, adjective
Can be confused
abstention, abstinence.
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Examples for abstention
  • abstention would be equally effective but less counterproductive.
  • The voting record shows eight in favor, seven against and one abstention.
  • They also suggest that the abstention rate this year may be higher than ever before.
  • The result was five in favor, one opposed and one abstention.
  • The abstention drive comes as the drinking habits of some public figures have raised eyebrows.
  • Both have codes of modesty and urge abstention from smoking and drinking.
  • Now in the final act, she said, she has settled into a kind of weary abstention.
  • If you have an important date in the evening, the only foolproof tactic is abstention.
  • Accordingly, an abstention will have the effect of a negative vote.
  • But acknowledging these realities is not the same as advocating a complete abstention from looking far ahead.
British Dictionary definitions for abstention

abstention

/əbˈstɛnʃən/
noun
1.
a voluntary decision not to act; the act of refraining or abstaining
2.
the act of withholding one's vote
Derived Forms
abstentious, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin abstentiōn-, from Latin abstinēre. See abstain
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Word Origin and History for abstention
abstention
1520s, from Fr., from L. abstentionem (nom. abstentio) "the act of retaining," from abstentus, pp. of abstinere (see abstain).
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