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abstain from

To refrain from consuming something or doing some activity. Katie wants to lose weight, so she has vowed to abstain from sugar.
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abstain from voting

To refrain from casting a vote for someone or something. Many argue that citizens who abstain from voting put the democratic process in jeopardy. Because I didn't like either candidate, I decided to abstain from voting for the first time in my life.
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abstain from something

to avoid some activity or the use of some substance, such as alcohol, drugs, sex, or food. They abstained from hard liquor and any other kind of intoxicants.
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abstain from voting

to choose not to vote either for or against a proposition or nominee. I will have to abstain from voting since I cannot make up my mind.
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abstain from

v.
To have made a deliberate choice not to do something: I abstained from eating fatty foods when I was on my diet. The minister abstained from drinking alcohol.
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Among end-of-treatment abstainers (n = 201), we observed that the pattern of change of craving was different than that of NWS.
The researchers' hypothesized high-risk drinkers would assess the messages less favorably than the abstainers or social drinkers, while females would rate the messages more positively than males.
Drinkers were defined as those who consumed alcoholic beverages in the last year, with all others defined as abstainers.
When state fixed effects are excluded from the generalized ordered logit models, bans appear to reduce the odds of crossing the threshold between abstainer and moderate drinker.
Further complicating the putative association between drinkers and abstainers is the issue that abstainers include never drinkers and former drinkers, and these two groups are very different.
Researchers found personality differences between those individuals considered abstainers and all others (users) for alcohol and other substances (Mayer, 1988; Masse & Tremblay, 1997; Jackson, 1997).
Consistent with the above literature, we hypothesized that (1) Black abstainers (those who have no drinks at all in a 7-day period) would score as more culturally traditional (more immersed in Black culture) than Black drinkers, and that (2) abstainers would have stronger Religious Beliefs and Family Values (as Herd found) than drinkers, and perhaps would be more immersed in other dimensions of African American culture as well.
Frequent users were younger than experimenters, and female experimenters were younger than female abstainers when they lost their virginity [F(2, 751) = 28.
Nevertheless, they did not mirror those who voted on all variables, suggesting that they were perhaps slightly less committed (perhaps concocting an `excuse' for not voting rather than admitting to being a voluntary abstainer, which was something they preferred not to admit).
It is a majority of abstainers who disapprove of alcohol and subscribe to old-fashioned values.
Results show that women currently in a relationship more frequently experience offers to drink alcohol or to drink a little more if they were abstainers than if they were current drinkers.
This finding is especially true among black men, but differences with abstainer are also large for white and Hispanic men.
About 40 per cent of Greeks consume alcohol regularly, almost 10 per cent are completely dependent, and a very small percentage are absolute abstainers, the professor says.
MISSION CLOSEDIn a Twitter message after the vote, Kenyan UN Ambassador Macharia Kamau said Kenya would have joined the group of abstainers had Nairobi's UN mission in New York been operating on Thursday.