abstention

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in 1521. From French abstention, from Late Latin abstēntiō from Latin abstinēō (withhold, to abstain)

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Noun[edit]

abstention (plural abstentions)

  1. (obsolete) The act of restraining oneself. [Attested from the early 16th century until the med 17th century.][1]
  2. The act of abstaining; a holding aloof; refraining from. [First attested in the early 17th century.][1]
  3. The act of declining to vote on a particular issue. [First attested in the late 19th century.][1]
  4. Non-participation in the political world; as a country avoiding international affairs.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 9

French[edit]

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Noun[edit]

abstention f (plural abstentions)

  1. abstention

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