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noun as in refraining

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For most of us, the best response to these risks is not complete abstention, but moderate and communal enjoyment of beer and wine.

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Israel's ambassador to Germany, Yakov Hadas-Handelsmann, expressed his surprise about Germany's U.N. abstention.

In this circumstance, an abstention was unfavorable to Israel.

The total number of voters in Venezuela is 18 million, and 25 percent abstention is expected.

Coined the 'Janopause' by the Daily Mail, it requires just one month of abstention.

A second diplomat told the Daily Beast that a Chinese abstention may be "inevitable."

But M. Nicklauss, with his great experience of the world, deemed this almost general abstention of the fair sex unnatural.

He has not been there since, and the following pages will perhaps explain the reason of his abstention.

The abstention of a single sense from the coupling is enough to enfeeble the pleasure very greatly.

A total abstainer is one who abstains from everything but abstention, and especially from inactivity in the affairs of others.

If he were not going to build on the ground so carefully prepared, to what end this wariness and this abstention?


On this page you'll find 13 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to abstention, such as: abstinence, avoidance, self-control, self-denial, self-restraint, and sobriety.

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