Definition Of abstain


formally decline to vote either for or against a proposal or motion.

forty-one voted with the opposition, and some sixty more abstained

restrain oneself from doing or enjoying something.

abstaining from chocolate

Example Of abstain

  • A Danish study published last fall found that people who drank wine weekly or monthly were less likely to develop dementia than people who drank other alcoholic beverages or abstained .

  • Almost 49 percent of U.S. adults abstain from alcohol use or drink fewer than 12 drinks per year.

  • Also, a member state could abstain in a vote and make a formal declaration that it would not be bound by the vote.

  • And yet the United States abstained in this vote.

  • Campbell was required to abstain from drinking alcohol and have no contact with three individuals.

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