Adjective "abstentionist" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/əbˈstɛnʃ(ə)nɪst//əbˈstɛnʃənɪst/

Definitions and examples

noun

A person who refrains from exercising his or her vote.

    adjective

    Characterized by the practise or support of political abstention.

      Definitions

      1. the refusal of a government to participate in international relations or alliances that it regards as detrimental to its interests.

      More examples(as adjective)

      "policies can be abstentionist."

      Origin

      (abstentionism)Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Standard (London). From abstention + -ist, after French abstentionniste, noun and adjective.