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abstain

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verb ab·stain \əb-ˈstān, ab-\

Simple Definition of abstain

  • : to choose not to do or have something

  • : to choose not to vote

Full Definition of abstain

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to refrain deliberately and often with an effort of self-denial from an action or practice <abstain from drinking>

ab·stain·er noun

Examples of abstain

  1. Ten members voted for the proposal, six members voted against it, and two abstained.



Origin of abstain

Middle English absteinen, from Anglo-French asteign-, absteign-, stem of astenir, abstenir, from Latin abstinēre, from abs-, ab- + tenēre to hold — more at thin


First Known Use: 14th century


Medical Dictionary

abstain

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intransitive verb ab·stain \əb-ˈstān, ab-\

Medical Definition of abstain

  1. :  to refrain deliberately and often with an effort of self-denial from an action or practice (as consumption of a food or a drug or indulgence in sexual intercourse)

  2. ab·stain·er noun





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