refrain from


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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.
References in classic literature ?
The doctor could not refrain from frequently pressing his hand when he saw his worthy servant more considerate of his master's safety than of his own, and, in relation to the sinking of the island of the Biddiomahs, he explained to him the frequency of this phenomenon upon Lake Tchad.
Having explained so far, I cannot refrain from making one further reflection.
Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse; and in this workhouse was born; on a day and date which I need not trouble myself to repeat, inasmuch as it can be of no possible consequence to the reader, in this stage of the business at all events; the item of mortality whose name is prefixed to the head of this chapter.
He could not refrain from taking the money and pressing the hand.
Translated, it was a warning to the Claytons to refrain from reporting the loss of the revolvers, or from repeating what the old sailor had told them--to refrain on pain of death.
He could not understand how any one could refrain from writing on anything, social, economic, historical--anything.
She had resolution enough to pursue her own will in spite of her brother, but not enough to refrain from unreasonable regrets at that brother's unreasonable anger, nor from missing the luxuries of her former home.
But I had the greatest possible difficulty in obtaining any information on points that really interested me; for the Monarch could not refrain from constantly assuming that whatever was familiar to him must also be known to me and that I was simulating ignorance in jest.
They urged masses to refrain from revolt against divine teachings of piousness and justice.
NNA - Former Minister Salim Jreissati addressed PM Tammam Salam to call for holding a cabinet session to "assume governmental duties and refrain from neglecting the role of the executive authority.
An arbitration court ordered Cyprus to refrain from the sale or resolution of the Federal Bank of the Middle East, before it issues an interim verdict, a spokesman of the lender's shareholders said.
Summary: 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.
ISLAMABAD -- Political parties and candidates must refrain from criticizing private life of the opponents as hurling personal remark against them (opponent) is a blatant violation of code of conduct, says an official of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
Summary: Canberra: Australia's government will refrain from implementing 'savage' cuts to public-service expenditure in .
WASHINGTON, Sept 7 (KUNA) -- The United States late Friday urged politicians to refrain from inciting violence in outcome of Somalia's upcoming presidential election.