abstentionism

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French abstentionnisme. Equivalent to abstention +‎ -ism.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (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/

Noun[edit]

abstentionism (plural abstentionisms)

  1. 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.][1]
    Abstentionism is a manifestation of political independence.

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References[edit]

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