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synonyms for abstain

  • cease
  • forgo
  • pass up
  • quit
  • refrain
  • renounce
  • shun
  • withhold
  • abjure
  • abnegate
  • avoid
  • constrain
  • curb
  • decline
  • eschew
  • evade
  • fast
  • forbear
  • pass
  • refuse
  • spurn
  • starve
  • stop
  • deny oneself
  • do without
  • fence-sit
  • give the go by
  • give up
  • go on the wagon
  • keep from
  • sit on one's hands
  • sit on the fence
  • sit out
  • take the cure
  • take the pledge
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antonyms for abstain

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  • continue
  • do
  • accept
  • allow
  • embrace
  • encourage
  • face
  • meet
  • use
  • want
  • indulge
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How to use abstain in a sentence

Robert Patmon, one of the members who questioned the need for three positions, abstained.
EMAILS BACK UP MISSPENDING ALLEGATION AT LINCOLN HIGHWILL HUNTSBERRYMARCH 10, 2021VOICE OF SAN DIEGO
Some of us abstain from meat and fish on occasion, others altogether.
THE NEW WINE RULES: DRINK WHAT YOU LIKE WITH WHAT YOU WANT TO EATDAVE MCINTYREFEBRUARY 12, 2021WASHINGTON POST
The votes were unanimous in both chambers, aside from one delegate who abstained.
VIRGINIA’S GENERAL ASSEMBLY HEADS TO SPECIAL SESSION WITH BIPARTISAN MOMENTUM ON CORONAVIRUS RELIEF BILLSGREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, LAURA VOZZELLAFEBRUARY 8, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Such requirements are “enough of a deterrent” to voting that the number of people who abstain have a significant effect on the result, says Grinspan.
THE 2020 ELECTION SET A RECORD FOR VOTER TURNOUT. BUT WHY IS IT NORMAL FOR SO MANY AMERICANS TO SIT OUT ELECTIONS?OLIVIA B. WAXMANNOVEMBER 5, 2020TIME
That is, unless Democrats are feeling charitable and agree to abstain from voting.
FROM WUHAN VIRUS TO WASHINGTON VIRUSDANIEL MALLOYOCTOBER 4, 2020OZY
It is not the right of any one, according to his pleasure, to abstain from entering into Covenant with God.
THE ORDINANCE OF COVENANTINGJOHN CUNNINGHAM
Let it be put forth in leading to abstain from countenancing an evil constitution, and to raise above the fear of consequences.
THE ORDINANCE OF COVENANTINGJOHN CUNNINGHAM
So the campers obtained fresh meat, and all were very glad to abstain awhile from bacon.
GOLD-SEEKING ON THE DALTON TRAILARTHUR R. THOMPSON
It is therefore obligatory upon us to abstain as far as possible from referring to expressions that are calculated to alarm.
A CURSORY HISTORY OF SWEARINGJULIAN SHARMAN
In concluding this notice of Roe, I cannot refrain from expressing a hope that gentlemen will abstain from the use of it.
THE TEESDALE ANGLERR LAKELAND
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WORDS RELATED TO ABSTAIN

  • abstain
  • decline
  • forbear
  • forgo
  • give up
  • refrain
  • reject
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