Origin of abstention
OTHER WORDS FROM abstentionab·sten·tious, adjectivenon·ab·sten·tion, nounun·ab·sten·tious, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH abstentionabstention , abstinence
Words nearby abstention
How to use abstention in a sentence
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."
But M. Nicklauss, with his great experience of the world, deemed this almost general abstention of the fair sex unnatural.The Nabob|Alphonse Daudet
He has not been there since, and the following pages will perhaps explain the reason of his abstention.
The abstention of a single sense from the coupling is enough to enfeeble the pleasure very greatly.The Natural Philosophy of Love|Remy de Gourmont
A total abstainer is one who abstains from everything but abstention, and especially from inactivity in the affairs of others.The Devil's Dictionary|Ambrose Bierce
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