Adjective "abstain" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Restrain oneself from doing or enjoying something.
  1. 'He doesn't anticipate abstaining from sex, however.'
  2. 'Dance said the society is trying to embrace all vegetarians, regardless of their reasons for abstaining from meat.'
  3. 'The fast Mr Trim intends to go on will not mean completely abstaining from food, but he would give up something for the 40-day period'
  4. 'The class discusses getting a sponsor, abstaining from romantic relationships for at least a year after sobriety and the importance of attending 90 meetings in 90 days.'
  5. 'I've been abstaining from ebay a bit recently, saving money.'
  6. 'Elevated to such immortal status, he should finally consider abstaining from daily Namibian politics, instead of risking damaging his reputation further.'
  7. 'The payments were also dependent on regular attendance, abstaining from part-time work, and performing well at exams.'
  8. 'Ash Wednesday is a day of Fast and Abstinence and Abstinence means abstaining from meat and meat dishes.'
  9. 'To forgo the leisured lifestyle, to abstain from epicurean pleasures of over-indulgence, is no mean task.'
  10. 'In Shakespeare's play, the king of Navarre and his followers take an oath to spend three years fasting, studying and abstaining from sex.'
  11. 'most pregnant women abstain or drink very little'
  12. 'Individuals who drink about those amounts live longer than those who abstain (one unit is equal to half a pint of beer, a glass of wine or a pub measure of spirit).'
  13. 'Whatever treatment alcoholics received in Project MATCH, few abstained for even a year.'
  14. 'Neither Tim nor I had ever sipped alcohol, and we had successfully lobbied Eric to abstain for the night.'
  15. 'Young people, pregnant women and those who might worsen an already existing physical problem by drinking any alcohol are told to abstain.'
  16. 'It is important to persuade the patient to abstain completely from alcohol.'
  17. 'All except two of the witnesses had abstained from drinking alcohol on the night of the attack, compared to the defendants, who it was clear had all ‘drunk far too much’.'
  18. 'The alcoholic abstains from drinking; the compulsive gamble stops betting; the addict stops using.'
  19. 'Pregnant women have been urged to abstain from alcohol by scientists who claim that even small amounts can damage the development of a baby's brain.'
  20. 'Safe levels of alcohol consumption during pregnancy are not known; therefore, pregnant women are advised to abstain from drinking alcohol.'
  21. 'Campbell was required to abstain from drinking alcohol and have no contact with three individuals.'
Formally decline to vote either for or against a proposal or motion.
  1. 'Pius IX had already refused to recognize the legitimacy of the Kingdom of Italy; and Catholics had been formally enjoined to abstain from voting in national elections.'
  2. 'Also, a member state could abstain in a vote and make a formal declaration that it would not be bound by the vote.'
  3. 'Cllr Moloney either abstained or voted against the zoning proposals in each of the areas.'
  4. 'France first holds up the vote and then abstains, as do Russia, China, and Malaysia.'
  5. 'The US administration may also have abstained to avoid embarrassing its close ally Britain, which is a signatory to the ICC.'
  6. 'And yet the United States abstained in this vote.'
  7. 'Meanwhile, Petway abstained from voting on the proposed incentives, declaring a conflict of interest.'
  8. 'Perhaps the real problem that the election outcome raised is that a significant number of voters expressed their discontent and mistrust in the theocracy by abstaining from casting their ballots.'
  9. 'Germany and Romania abstained from the vote, and so did the UK - even after its Foreign Secretary Jack Straw earlier in the week, condemned the killing.'
  10. 'When members of the House were called to vote on the privatisation, the Liberal Member for Hume, Alby Schultz, abstained and refused to show, making sure the world knew why.'

More definitions

1. to hold oneself back voluntarily, especially from something regarded as improper or unhealthy (usually followed by from): to abstain from eating meat.

2. to refrain from casting one's vote: a referendum in which two delegates abstained.

More examples(as adjective)

"parties can be abstain from things."

"whiles can be abstain."

"parties can be abstain."


Late Middle English: from Old French abstenir, from Latin abstinere, from ab- ‘from’ + tenere ‘hold’.