abstention

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in 1521. Borrowing 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 “abstention” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 9.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Late Latin abstentiō, abstentiōnem, from Latin abstentus, from abstineō.

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Noun[edit]

abstention f (plural abstentions)

  1. abstention

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