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From ab- (from, away from) +‎ sistō (stand, set, place).



absistō (present infinitive absistere, perfect active abstitī); third conjugation, no passive

  1. (intransitive) I withdraw, depart, go away from.
  2. (intransitive) I desist, stop or cease from.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Only used in contexts of neutral significance.


   Conjugation of absisto (third conjugation, active only)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present absistō absistis absistit absistimus absistitis absistunt
imperfect absistēbam absistēbās absistēbat absistēbāmus absistēbātis absistēbant
future absistam absistēs absistet absistēmus absistētis absistent
perfect abstitī abstitistī abstitit abstitimus abstitistis abstitērunt, abstitēre
pluperfect abstiteram abstiterās abstiterat abstiterāmus abstiterātis abstiterant
future perfect abstiterō abstiteris abstiterit abstiterimus abstiteritis abstiterint
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present absistam absistās absistat absistāmus absistātis absistant
imperfect absisterem absisterēs absisteret absisterēmus absisterētis absisterent
perfect abstiterim abstiterīs abstiterit abstiterīmus abstiterītis abstiterint
pluperfect abstitissem abstitissēs abstitisset abstitissēmus abstitissētis abstitissent
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present absiste absistite
future absistitō absistitō absistitōte absistuntō
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives absistere abstitisse
participles absistēns
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
absistere absistendī absistendō absistendum

Related terms[edit]



  • absisto in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • absisto in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • absisto in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette