abstention


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ab·sten·tion

 (ăb-stĕn′shən, əb-)
n.
1. The act or habit of deliberate self-denial.
2. An abstaining vote or voter: 12 ayes, 10 nays, and 8 abstentions.

[Late Latin abstentiō, abstentiōn-, from abstentus, past participle of Latin abstinēre, to hold back; see abstain.]

abstention

(əbˈstɛnʃən)
n
1. a voluntary decision not to act; the act of refraining or abstaining
2. (Parliamentary Procedure) the act of withholding one's vote
[C16: from Late Latin abstentiōn-, from Latin abstinēre. See abstain]
abˈstentious adj

ab•sten•tion

(æbˈstɛn ʃən)

n.
an act or instance of abstaining.
[1515–25; < Late Latin abstentiō]
ab•sten′tious, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.abstention - the trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol)abstention - the trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol)
self-denial, self-discipline - the trait of practicing self discipline

abstention

noun
1. abstaining, non-voting, refusal to vote Abstention is traditionally high in Columbia.
2. abstinence, refraining, avoidance, forbearance, eschewal, desistance, nonindulgence The goal is complete abstention from all mind-altering substances.
Translations
إمْتِنَاع عَن، إمْسَاك عَن
zdržení se
afholdenheddet at afstå fra
hjáseta
zdržanie sa
çekimser kalma

abstention

[əbˈstenʃən] Nabstención f
there were 20 abstentionshubo 20 abstenciones

abstention

[æbˈstɛnʃən] n
(= refusal to vote) → abstention f
(= person abstaining) → abstention f

abstention

n
no pl (from sex, smoking etc) → Enthaltung f; (from alcohol) → Enthaltung f, → Abstinenz f
(in voting) → (Stimm)enthaltung f; were you one of the abstentions?waren Sie einer von denen, die sich der Stimme enthalten haben?

abstention

[əbˈstɛnʃn] nastensione f

abstain

(əbˈstein) verb
(often with from) not to do, take etc. He abstained (from voting in the election); He abstained from alcohol.
abˈstention (-ˈsten-) noun
the act of abstaining. At the election of the new chairman the voting was six for, three against, and two abstentions.

abstention

n. abstinencia, abstención, privación.
References in classic literature ?
This habit of abstention from Feeling in the best society enables a Circle the more easily to sustain the veil of mystery in which, from his earliest years, he is wont to enwrap the exact nature of his Perimeter or Circumference.
His name she had obviously never used during their separation, and her dignified sense of their total severance was shown not much less by this abstention than by the hardships she had chosen to undergo (of which he now learnt for the first time) rather than apply to his father for more funds.
Continued abstention from speech, and constant avoidance of everything that might lead up to the subject- this halting on all sides at the boundary of what they might not mention- brought before their minds with still greater purity and clearness what they were both feeling.
Consistently refusing to give the promise of submission and abstention from preaching which at any time would have secured his release, he continued in prison for twelve years, not suffering particular discomfort and working for the support of his family by fastening the ends onto shoestrings.
Fine weather, good food, and a complete abstention from classical dancing--give her these and she asked no more.
In less than a week they found themselves regretting--not the new villa on the slope of Devil's Ford, which even in its own bizarre fashion was exceeded by the barbarous ostentation of the villas and private houses around them--but the double cabin under the trees, which now seemed to them almost aristocratic in its grave simplicity and abstention.
everything but abstention, and especially from inactivity in the
For this abstention they were praised in silly public prints as illustrating in their management the principle of Thrift for which they were founded.
Because, you see, Kirylo Sidorovitch, abstention, reserve, in certain situations, come very near to political crime.
Parties and the government were looking at alternative dates for next year's presidential elections after concerns were raised that abstention would be high because the initial dates under consideration clashed with the carnival celebrations.
Ce second tour de l'election presidentielle, qui s'est termine par la victoire du candidat Emmanuel Macron, avec 65,8 % des suffrages contre 34,2 % pour la candidate du Front national, Marine Le Pen, a ete marque par une abstention record, rapporte Lemonde.
China's abstention comes on the heels of President Xi's visit to the US, when he met with President Donald Trump in Florida.