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Definitions for abstain
æbˈsteɪnab·stain

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abstain(verb)

    refrain from voting

  2. abstain, refrain, desist(verb)

    choose not to consume

    "I abstain from alcohol"

Wiktionary

  1. abstain(Verb)

    Refrain from (something); hold one's self aloof; to forbear or keep from doing, especially an indulgence of the passions or appetites; -- with from.

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  2. abstain(Verb)

    To shun voluntarily.

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  3. abstain(Verb)

    Deliberately refrain from casting one's vote at a meeting where one is present.

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  4. abstain(Verb)

    Hinder; withhold.

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abstain(verb)

    to hold one's self aloof; to forbear or refrain voluntarily, and especially from an indulgence of the passions or appetites; -- with from

  2. Abstain(verb)

    to hinder; to withhold

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Abstain

    abs-tān′, v.i. to hold or refrain from.—ns. Abstain′er, specially one who does not take alcoholic drinks; Absten′tion, a refraining. [Fr. abstenir—L. abs, from, tenēre, to hold. See Tenable.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abstain in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abstain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of abstain in a Sentence

  1. Azeem Ibrahim:

    I was surprised that( Muslim countries) would put it in writing and put their names on it and sign a document to actually praise China, it's one thing to keep quiet and abstain. It's another thing to overtly support( the policies) when there was no need for them to do so.

  2. Epictetus:

    All philosophy lies in two words Sustain and Abstain.

  3. Niccolò Machiavelli:

    I consider it a mark of great prudence in a man to abstain from threats or any contemptuous expressions, for neither of these weaken the enemy, but threats make him more cautious, and the other excites his hatred, and a desire to revenge himself.

  4. Mahabharata:

    To abstain from speaking is regarded as very difficult. It is not possible to say much that is valuable and striking.*

  5. Plutarch:

    Abstain from beans.

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