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abstention

ab·sten·tion

abstention

 
pronunciation:
aeb sten shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or practice, or an instance, of abstaining.
synonyms:
abstinence, forbearance
similar words:
asceticism, avoidance, celibacy, continence, declination, fast, prohibition, refusal, renunciation, resistance, self-abnegation, self-control, self-denial, sobriety, teetotalism, temperance, withdrawal
definition 2: in parliamentary procedure, a declaration that one intends not to vote on a motion.
antonyms:
vote
similar words:
declination
derivation: abstentious (adj.)