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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abstainverb

    refrain from voting

  2. abstain, refrain, desistverb

    choose not to consume

    "I abstain from alcohol"


  1. abstainverb

    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. abstainverb

    To shun voluntarily.

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  3. abstainverb

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

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

  4. abstainverb

    Hinder; withhold.

    Etymology: * First attested around 1380.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abstainverb

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

  2. Abstainverb

    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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  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. Elena Jimenez:

    I voted looking for change but we have achieved absolutely nothing and for that reason I will abstain.

  2. Cortni Borgerson:

    A shellfish allergy increases the likelihood that you will be allergic to cicada, so it’s better to be safe than sorry and abstain from land arthropods if you can’t eat their sea swimming cousins.

  3. Le Drian:

    I encouraged Iran to be constructive, i called on Iran to abstain from any further violation of its current commitments in the nuclear domain that could threaten the movement toward resumed discussions.

  4. Marie Antoinette:

    It would be doing me great injustice to think that I have any feeling of indifference to my country; I have more reason than anyone to feel, every day of my life, the value of the blood which flows in my veins, and it is only from prudence that at times I abstain from showing how proud I am of it.

  5. Antonio Barroso:

    The pact between the Socialists and Ciudadanos is aimed at tagging the PP and especially Podemos with the blame of potential new elections if they do not abstain to facilitate a Sanchez-led administration, the strategy is to force Podemos to assume the cost of voting alongside the PP, and to accuse incumbent Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of irresponsible behavior for not wanting to support a reasonable, encompassing reformist agreement.

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