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English definition of “abstention”

abstention

noun [U] (NOT DOING)    /æbˈsten.ʃən/ formal
not doing something, such as drinking alcohol or having sex: Abstention from alcohol is essential while you are taking this medication.Abstaining and refraining
(Definition of abstention noun (NOT DOING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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