Simple Definition of abstention
: the act of choosing not to do or have something
: a formal refusal to vote on something
Examples of abstention
There were 10 ayes, 6 nays, and 2 abstentions when the vote was taken.
a high rate of voter abstention
Origin of abstention
Late Latin abstention-, abstentio, from Latin abstinēre
First Known Use: 1521
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