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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əbˈstɛn.ʃn̩.ɪz.m̩/
- (US) IPA(key): /æbˈstɛn.ʃn̩.ɪz.m̩/, /æbˈstɛn.t͡ʃn̩.ɪz.m̩/, /əbˈstɛn.ʃn̩.ɪz.m̩/, /əbˈstɛn.t͡ʃn̩.ɪz.m̩/
- A policy of abstaining or of the desirability of withholding one's vote or other participation with regard to some aspect of the political process. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
- Abstentionism is a manifestation of political independence.
policy of abstaining from political participation