abstention /əbˈstɛnʃ(ə)n/


I. noun

1. an instance of declining to vote for or against a proposal or motion

a resolution passed by 126 votes to none, with six abstentions.
2. [ mass noun] restraint in one’s consumption; abstinence.

alcohol consumption versus abstention.
II. derivatives


– origin early 16th cent. (denoting the action of keeping back or restraining): from late Latin abstentio(n-), from the verb abstinere (see abstain).

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