verb (used without object)
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Origin of abstain
OTHER WORDS FROM abstainnon·ab·stain·ing, adjectiveo·ver·ab·stain, verb (used without object)
Example sentences from the Web for abstain
The state Senate voted on Wednesday to abolish the death penalty, with all 21 Democrats in favor while 17 Republicans opposed and one abstained.Virginia General Assembly poised for historic votes to legalize marijuana and end death penalty|Gregory S. Schneider, Laura Vozzella|February 4, 2021|Washington Post
It gives users a thermometer for daily temperature checks and claims to indicate when the user is ovulating and should either abstain from sex or use protection to prevent pregnancy.
While some criticisms of the tradition may be valid, the fact is that abstaining from or reducing alcohol intake, at any time, is an admirable endeavor—not a reason to shame people.Keep dry January going all year with these cutting-edge non-alcoholic cocktails|By Dan Q. Dao/Saveur|February 2, 2021|Popular Science
He said he had hoped to vote against it but instead would abstain from voting, to make clear that he disapproved of Chase’s behavior.Virginia senator who called U.S. Capitol rioters ‘patriots’ is censured|Gregory S. Schneider|January 27, 2021|Washington Post
Employees at Google have called on the company to abstain from work in the oil and gas industry, citing environmental concerns, and work with authoritarian regimes.Google’s Aramco deal risks irking staff over oil, Saudi politics|Verne Kopytoff|December 21, 2020|Fortune
I told her I was up for it and prepared by abstaining from alcohol, coffee, red meat, and sex for two days prior to the ceremony.
The largely symbolic document was approved by 123 member states, with 13 voting against and 46 abstaining.For Bashar Al-Assad, Crossing Obama's Red Line Was a Win-Win|Anna Momigliano|November 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Most European governments and especially those abstaining have stressed the absolute necessity of a return to negotiations.
Belgium has stated it will be voting yes instead of abstaining.
But both abstaining and voting for Grillo send the same message.Brace Yourself, Italy’s Politicians Will Soon Return|Barbie Latza Nadeau|November 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Abstaining from certain practices in which idolaters engaged, they were ceremonially holy.The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham
There is little merit, I should think, in abstaining from such a constant use of medicine.
The city was taken, it is said, by waiting for the day of fast, on which the Jews were in the habit of abstaining from all work.
I pictured him as living in the wilderness, abstaining from meat and drink and living on roots and herbs and cold water.Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians|Martin Luther
You don't believe that you ought to preach my doctrine, and, therefore, do no despite to your conscience in abstaining.Tess of the d'Urbervilles|Thomas Hardy