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Or would you abstain from using the potion altogether, although you have no reason for abstaining?'

How, then, do they regard your abstaining from calling there?

There was much philosophy in abstaining from philosophy overmuch.

This was what he had gained by abstaining from the sight of her for four weeks.

But I am not now abstaining from doing so at the first moment when I asked the question.

Abstaining from speech marks him who is obeying the spontaneity of his nature.

Hitherto he had kept himself pure for it, abstaining from all Headache overnight.

These were, no doubt, good reasons for abstaining, and they were grand morality.

I am not sure whether Mohammed kept his resolution of abstaining.

Their powers of abstaining from food are also very remarkable.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "to withhold oneself," from Old French abstenir (14c.), earlier astenir (13c.) "hold (oneself) back, refrain, abstain (from), practice abstinence," from Latin abstinere "withhold, keep back, keep off," from ab(s)- "from, away from" (see ab-) + tenere "to hold" (see tenet). Specifically of liquor, attested from late 14c. Of voting, 1796. Related: Abstained; abstaining.

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