verb (used without object)
- absorption hygrometer,
- absorption spectrum,
Origin of abstain
Examples from the Web for abstained
Similarly, Ecuador also abstained, because it felt the resolution “only politicizes the situation.”The U.N. Session on Censuring Syria Brings Out the World’s Thugs|Andrew Roberts|August 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In 1978, as Knesset Speaker, he abstained in the vote on the Camp David Accords with Egypt.
The Russians, who abstained rather than using their veto, were horrified to see how quickly R2P morphed into regime change.The U.N. Sanctions Intervening to Protect Civilians, So Why Not in Syria?|Lindsey Hilsum|June 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Mitt Romney, who has abstained from the frenzy so far, asks whether the state sales tax will go away; Cain called it an orange.
Romney, who has abstained from the frenzy so far, asks whether the state sales tax will go away, Cain says it's an orange.
On hearing these words, I abstained from upbraiding her, and said, Do what seemeth fit to thee; for I will not oppose thee.The Thousand and One Nights, Vol. I.|Anonymous
She had abstained from sending to him the letter which she had written, and had abstained on that resolution.The Eustace Diamonds|Anthony Trollope
At intervals he abstained from all fermented liquors for a long time.The Town|Leigh Hunt
Mrs. Monarch did it quite as well, but I abstained from applauding.The Real Thing and Other Tales|Henry James
The nullifiers enraged him, and though they abstained from resorting to extreme measures, they continued their threats.Beacon Lights of History, Volume XII|John Lord
verb (intr usually foll by from)
Word Origin for abstain
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.