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refrain from something

to hold back from doing something; to choose not to do something as planned. I wish you would refrain from shouting. Please refrain from hollering.

refrain from

v.
To make a conscious decision not to do something: All passengers must refrain from smoking during the flight.
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He was of the view that the natural calamities and disasters are also a caution for the nation to get-back towards Allah Almighty and refrain from misdeeds.
The arbitral tribunal firmly invites the respondent to refrain from proceeding with the sale or the resolution of FBME Bank and from transferring its funds to the Central Bank of Cyprus before the arbitral tribunal has decided on claimants' request for interim measures," a statement issued by the FBME shareholders quoted the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce as saying.
BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt is recovering from a "minor operation" but has asked well-wishers to refrain from telephoning to congratulate him on his recovery.
Quoting code of conduct, he said political parties, contesting candidates and supporters shall refrain from deliberate dissemination of false and malicious information and shall not indulge in forgeries and disinformation to defame other political parties / leaders.
As a result of the settlement, the terms of which are confidential, AIG shall refrain from conducting business under the "Starr" and related names, and C.
Shakeel Afridi, who should refrain from interfering in efforts being made by Ulema.
NNA - Germany's Foreign Ministry on Friday urged all political parties in Egypt to refrain from violence or threats of violence, and called on Egyptian authorities to allow an international organisation access to ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi.
Summary: A delegation from the PSP affirmed its support of the Army, calling on all groups to refrain from dragging the Army into political and sectarian conflicts, the NNA reported.
KARACHI, February 21, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza has warned PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif to refrain from undemocratic tactics, it was reported on Sunday.
The city has programmed some of its traffic signals so pedestrians won't have to push the button to change the lights, a nod to those Jews who refrain from all worklike activities during the high holy days.
org); and Michael Sheridan of Colorado-Springs (who on May 14 also admonished all Catholics to refrain from receiving Communion if they vote for politicians who support abortion rights, samesex "marriage," euthanasia or embryonic stem-cell research CNA Today, May 14, 2004) (www.
While supporters of abstinence only education fault the program for teaching that young people should refrain from having intercourse only until adulthood, rather than until marriage, opponents label such thinking "naive.
Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, told Newsday that the government should refrain from "religious promotion.
Now the church has said, authoritatively, that homosexuals who refrain from homosexual acts might yet be saved from Gehenna.
My point is that we - as persons, as individuals - ought to refrain from acts that could affect others in a way that we should not like to be affected ourselves.