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abstention

[ ab-sten-shuhn ]
/ æbˈstɛn ʃən /
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noun
an act or instance of abstaining.
withholding of a vote.
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Origin of abstention

1515–25; <Late Latin abstentiōn- (stem of abstentiō), equivalent to Latin abstent(us), past participle of abstinēre to abstain + -iōn--ion

OTHER WORDS FROM abstention

ab·sten·tious, adjectivenon·ab·sten·tion, nounun·ab·sten·tious, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH abstention

abstention , abstinence
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British Dictionary definitions for abstention

abstention
/ (əbˈstɛnʃən) /

noun
a voluntary decision not to act; the act of refraining or abstaining
the act of withholding one's vote

Derived forms of abstention

abstentious, adjective

Word Origin for abstention

C16: from Late Latin abstentiōn-, from Latin abstinēre. See abstain
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