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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.]
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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
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ab•sten•tion

(æbˈstɛn ʃən)

n.
an act or instance of abstaining.
[1515–25; < Late Latin abstentiō]
ab•sten′tious, adj.
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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
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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.
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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
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abstention

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

[əbˈstɛnʃn] nastensione f
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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.
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abstention

n. abstinencia, abstención, privación.
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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. In the mysterious forests of masts that thronged the city's quays they recalled the straight shafts of the pines on Devil's slopes, only to miss the sedate repose and infinite calm that used to environ them.
A total abstainer is one who abstains from everything but abstention, and especially from inactivity in the affairs of others.
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.
At the same plenary session, the HPR adopted five draft laws on hydrocarbon exploration licences, including the specific agreement and its annexes on the hydrocarbon exploration licence "Teskraya" (96 for,3 against and 17 abstentions) and the "Mateline" licence (89 for, 2 against and 18 abstentions), in addition to the "Kef Abad" licence (88 for, 2 against and 15 abstentions), "Saouaf" (89 for, 2 against and 19 abstentions) and "El Waha" (86 for, 2 against and 21 abstentions).
Senate Bill 2703 passed by a 6-4 vote with one abstention in the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday evening while its counterpart, Assembly Bill 4497, passed by a 6-1 vote with two abstentions at the Assembly Appropriations Committee that same day.