[ UK /ɐbstˈe‍ɪn/ ]
[ US /æbˈsteɪn, əbˈsteɪn/ ]
  1. refrain from voting
  2. choose not to consume
    I abstain from alcohol
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How To Use abstain In A Sentence

  • We will review this after about six months and see if abstaining from interviews has in any way helped box office collections.
  • Campbell was required to abstain from drinking alcohol and have no contact with three individuals.
  • In earlier ages, Christians sought to purify themselves by abstaining from enjoyment, lest they enjoy material pleasure more than they enjoy God.
  • The class discusses getting a sponsor, abstaining from romantic relationships for at least a year after sobriety and the importance of attending 90 meetings in 90 days.
  • Virtue does not consist in abstaining from vice but in not desiring it.
  • We cannot abstain from the daily grind as we can from food and drink. Times, Sunday Times
  • At this stage I'm going around with a martyred look on my face, indicating to everyone that I am abstaining from something, which goes against what I learned at school.
  • Many older adolescents and many adults abstain from alcohol, too. You and Your Adolescent: A Parents' Guide for Ages 10 to 20
  • Nevertheless, one writer of independent means abstained from all public pronouncements and confined himself to acid criticisms of the government in his private diary.
  • Part of the calculation is that a broader resolution might help to persuade Russia and China to abstain rather than use their veto in a vote. Times, Sunday Times
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