Definition of Abstention

1. Noun. The trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol).

Exact synonyms: Abstinence
Generic synonyms: Self-denial, Self-discipline
Derivative terms: Abstain, Abstentious, Abstain, Abstinent



Definition of Abstention

1. a. The act of abstaining; a holding aloof.

Definition of Abstention

1. Noun. The act of abstaining; a holding aloof, in particular, not voting. ¹

2. Noun. Non-participation in the political world; as a country avoiding international affairs. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Abstention

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Abstention

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Literary usage of Abstention

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1. International Law Chiefly as Interpreted and Applied by the United States by Charles Cheney Hyde (1922)
"Governmental abstention from Participation. Miscellaneous Activities. ... The duty of abstention becomes applicable to all persons in the public service of ..."

2. Alcohol Use Among U. S. Ethnic Minorities edited by Danielle Spiegler (1993)
"Discussion abstention and Drinking Patterns Detailed comparison of the ... The overall rate of abstention among Hispanic men in the present sample is lower ..."

3. The Enforcement of International Law Through Municipal Law in the United States by Quincy Wright (1915)
"OBLIGATIONS OF abstention INTRODUCTORY The obligations of abstention are derived from the fundamental principles of international law. ..."

4. A Student's Manual of English Constitutional History by Dudley Julius Medley (1907)
"1397- Results of their abstention. 1553- 1 Po.-ritt, i. ... And this abstention had important results. For in the first place, as early as the reign of ..."

5. History of the United States from the Compromise of 1850 by James Ford Rhodes (1906)
"Having put a quietus on the Southern policy of abstention Congress again turned their attention to the United States Supreme Court, a case having arisen ..."

6. The Principles of International Law by Thomas Joseph Lawrence (1910)
"235 We will begin by a consideration of the Duties of abstention which a neutral state is called on to fulfil in time of war. ii) ..."

7. A History of Hindu Civilisation During British Rule by Pramatha NĂ¡th Bose (1894)
"... abstention from the ... abstention from drink is an essential part of the nava and other sects, old and new. ..."

8. A History of Diplomacy in the International Development of Europe by David Jayne Hill (1914)
"... and yet it was an advantage for England's abstention from the war The Peace of Vienna English commercial and colonial progress to avoid as far as ..."

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