abstention Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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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 (fromvoting) 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 ​drinkingalcohol or having ​sex: Abstention fromalcohol is ​essential while you are taking this ​medication.
(Definition of abstention from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “abstention”
in Arabic إمساك, امتِناع عَن…
in Korean 절제…
in Portuguese abstenção…
in Catalan abstenció…
in Japanese (投票の)棄権, 節制…
in Chinese (Simplified) 不投票, 弃权…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不投票, 棄權…
in Italian astensione…
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