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abstain

[ab-steyn]
verb (used without object)
1.
to hold oneself back voluntarily, especially from something regarded as improper or unhealthy (usually followed by from ): to abstain from eating meat.
2.
to refrain from casting one's vote: a referendum in which two delegates abstained.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English abste(i)nen < Middle French abstenirLatin abstinēre, equivalent to abs- abs- + -tinēre, combining form of tenēre to hold, keep

nonabstaining, adjective
overabstain, verb (used without object)


1. forbear; desist, cease.


1. indulge.
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abstain (əbˈsteɪn)
 
vb (usually foll by from)
1.  to choose to refrain: he abstained from alcohol
2.  to refrain from voting, esp in a committee, legislature, etc
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin abstinēre, from abs-ab-1 + tenēre to hold, keep]
 
ab'stainer
 
n

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abstain
late 14c., "to withhold oneself," from O.Fr. abstenir, from L. abstinere "withhold," from ab(s)- "from, away from" + tenere "to hold" (see tenet). Specifically of liquor, attested from late 14c. Of voting, 1885.
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