verb (used without object)
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Example sentences from the Web for abstain
Robert Patmon, one of the members who questioned the need for three positions, abstained.Emails Back Up Misspending Allegation at Lincoln High|Will Huntsberry|March 10, 2021|Voice of San Diego
Some of us abstain from meat and fish on occasion, others altogether.The new wine rules: Drink what you like with what you want to eat|Dave McIntyre|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
The votes were unanimous in both chambers, aside from one delegate who abstained.Virginia’s General Assembly heads to special session with bipartisan momentum on coronavirus relief bills|Gregory S. Schneider, Laura Vozzella|February 8, 2021|Washington Post
Such requirements are “enough of a deterrent” to voting that the number of people who abstain have a significant effect on the result, says Grinspan.The 2020 Election Set a Record for Voter Turnout. But Why Is It Normal for So Many Americans to Sit Out Elections?|Olivia B. Waxman|November 5, 2020|Time
That is, unless Democrats are feeling charitable and agree to abstain from voting.
In fact, I publicly vowed to abstain from The Ball in 2012, but professional responsibilities and curiosity got the better of me.The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots|Emily Shire|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the two also could abstain from caucusing with either party and possibly have even more clout.The Independents Who Could Tip the Senate in November|Linda Killian|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So is everyone around you, even if you find a way to abstain.
Pollsters have been predicting disillusioned leftist voters are particularly likely to abstain.
Users then have the option to vote for or against each law, or simply abstain.
It is not the right of any one, according to his pleasure, to abstain from entering into Covenant with God.
Let it be put forth in leading to abstain from countenancing an evil constitution, and to raise above the fear of consequences.
So the campers obtained fresh meat, and all were very glad to abstain awhile from bacon.Gold-Seeking on the Dalton Trail|Arthur R. Thompson
It is therefore obligatory upon us to abstain as far as possible from referring to expressions that are calculated to alarm.A Cursory History of Swearing|Julian Sharman
In concluding this notice of Roe, I cannot refrain from expressing a hope that gentlemen will abstain from the use of it.The Teesdale Angler|R Lakeland