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English definition of “abstention”

abstention

noun [C or U] (NOT VOTING)    /æbˈsten.ʃən/
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.Elections
(Definition of abstention noun (NOT VOTING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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