As the conclave for new pope nears, Catholics are calling for cardinals embroiled in sex-abuse scandals to abstain from voting.
If the board does not give careful consideration to the case, Mr. Greenberg could challenge its decision to abstain.
The uniting factor in Giving Pledge is a commitment to abstain from dynastic wealth in the cause of philanthropy.
Some especially well-bred people among us might be noble enough in spirit and possessions to abstain from this temptation.
The Dutch and Swedish positions are not confirmed but they are likely to abstain.
We know of a working-man who on the eve of his marriage signed a promise to abstain from intoxicating liquor.
Your religion requires you to abstain from the very appearance of evil.
The Bishop then locked up his books and papers, and commanded him to abstain from reading and writing for ten days.
I'm a reformed character; I'll take the pledge to abstain from ink in all forms if you like.'
I shall consider it as my duty to abstain from all mention of these awful events, and of these fatal controversies.
late 14c., "to withhold oneself," from Old French abstenir (14c.), earlier astenir (13c.) "hold (oneself) back, refrain, abstain (from), practice abstinence," from Latin abstinere "withhold, keep back, keep off," from ab(s)- "from, away from" (see ab-) + tenere "to hold" (see tenet). Specifically of liquor, attested from late 14c. Of voting, 1796. Related: Abstained; abstaining.