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abstention

noun uk   us   /æbˈsten.ʃən/

abstention noun (NOT VOTING)

[C or U] the fact of not voting in favour of or against someone or something: There were high levels of abstention (from voting) in the last elections. There were ten votes in favour, six against, and three abstentions.

abstention noun (NOT DOING)

[U] formal not doing something, such as drinking alcohol or having sex: Abstention from alcohol is essential while you are taking this medication.
Translations of “abstention”
in Korean 절제…
in Arabic إمساك, امتِناع عَن…
in Portuguese abstenção…
in Catalan abstenció…
in Japanese (投票の)棄権, 節制…
in Italian astensione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不投票, 棄權…
in Chinese (Simplified) 不投票, 弃权…
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