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Abstain

Abstain Meaning & Definition
Abstain Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Abstain?

[v] choose to refrain; "I abstain from alcohol"
[v] refrain from voting

Synonyms | Synonyms for Abstain: desist | refrain

Related Terms | Find terms related to Abstain: abnegate | abstain from | avoid | constrain | cop out | curb | decline | dispense with | do without | duck the issue | eschew | evade | evade the issue | forbear | forgo | hold | hold aloof from | hold back | hold off | keep | keep back | keep from | keep in hand | let alone | let go by | never touch | not touch | not use | pass up | refrain | refrain from | refuse | reject | reserve | save | shun | sit it out | spare | spurn | stand aloof from | stand neuter | straddle | trim | waive | withhold

See Also | avoid | fast | forbear | keep off | refrain | teetotal

Abstain In Webster's Dictionary

\Ab*stain"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Abstained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abstaining}.] [OE. absteynen, abstenen, OF. astenir, abstenir, F. abstenir, fr. L. abstinere, abstentum, v. t. & v. i., to keep from; ab, abs + tenere to hold. See {Tenable}.] To hold one's self aloof; to forbear or refrain voluntarily, and especially from an indulgence of the passions or appetites; -- with from. Not a few abstained from voting. --Macaulay. Who abstains from meat that is not gaunt? --Shak. Syn: To refrain; forbear; withhold; deny one's self; give up; relinquish.
\Ab*stain"\, v. t. To hinder; to withhold. Whether he abstain men from marrying. --Milton.

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