- abstinence syndrome
Origin of abstention
Examples from the Web for abstention
Israel's ambassador to Germany, Yakov Hadas-Handelsmann, expressed his surprise about Germany's U.N. abstention.
In this circumstance, an abstention was unfavorable to Israel.
The total number of voters in Venezuela is 18 million, and 25 percent abstention is expected.Could Hugo Chávez Really Lose Venezuela’s Election?|Boris Muñoz|October 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Coined the 'Janopause' by the Daily Mail, it requires just one month of abstention.
A second diplomat told the Daily Beast that a Chinese abstention may be "inevitable."
The Unionists leaders, however, whom we can absolutely trust, have decided that abstention from debate would be an error.A Leap in the Dark|A.V. Dicey
If he were not going to build on the ground so carefully prepared, to what end this wariness and this abstention?The Long Night|Stanley Weyman
The output—again a beautiful word—of the age is lessened by this abstention.The Colour of Life|Alice Meynell
To this abstention he added the most practical proof of good will.John Redmond's Last Years|Stephen Gwynn
Her abstention, however, was not owing to any objection of principle, but purely to considerations of domestic legislation.
Word Origin for abstention
1520s, from Middle French abstention (Old French astencion), from Late Latin abstentionem (nominative abstentio) "the act of retaining," noun of action from past participle stem of abstinere (see abstain).