abstentionist

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

abstention +‎ -ist

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əbˈstɛn.ʃn̩.ɪst/
  • (US) IPA(key): /æbˈstɛn.ʃn̩.ɪst/, /æbˈstɛn.t͡ʃn̩.ɪst/, /əbˈstɛn.ʃn̩.ɪst/, /əbˈstɛn.t͡ʃn̩.ɪst/

Noun[edit]

abstentionist (plural abstentionists)

  1. A practitioner or advocate of not getting involved politically. [First attested in the late 19th century.][1]
    An abstentionist only has influence through public opinion.

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