Definition Of abstains


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 abstains

  • 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 .

  • All except two of the witnesses had abstained from drinking alcohol on the night of the attack, compared to the defendants, who it was clear had all ‘drunk far too much’.

  • 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.

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