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abstain

verb [I]
 
 
/əbˈsteɪn/
NOT DO formal to not do something that you enjoy because it is bad or unhealthy: The doctor suggested that he abstain from alcohol.Abstaining and refraining
NOT VOTE to choose not to vote for or against something: 63 members voted in favour, 39 opposed and 5 abstained.Abstaining and refraining
abstention
 
 
/əbˈstenʃən/ noun [C, U]
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