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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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In spring this year the opposition Latvian Alliance of Regions (LRA) already proposed amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the Latvian parliament to prohibit lawmakers from abstaining in parliamentary votes, but the parliament voted against sending this proposal to the committees for review.
A commonly recognized purpose of abstaining is "bridling the lusts of the flesh." If it is true that our appetite for meat in this country is excessive--which many think that an average of 1/3 pound of meat each day per capita is--the weekly abstinence is an opportunity to curb this excessive attachment and to move toward a more moderate diet.
Shiite ministers of the Amal Movement and Hizbullah along with their allies in the Free Patriotic Movement and the four ministers allied to President Michel Sleiman demanded that Lebanon oppose the sanctions, while the parliamentary majority ministers along with the Progressive Socialist Party called for abstaining from voting.
The nonbinding resolution was adopted with 101 countries in favor, including Japan and the United States, with 22 votes against and 59 countries abstaining from the voting.
And Clr Light denied the Conservatives had been disrespectful to ex-service people by abstaining.
Nonetheless, the majority of individuals modified their behavior, either abstaining from sex or always using condoms, when symptoms were present.
Do you think abstaining from sex will help me find a man to marry?
On the face of it, it may seem bizarre to assert abstaining from sex results in a higher risk of catching a sexually transmitted disease.
Early disclosure and abstaining in the process is a sign of credibility in the editor, the newspaper, and the process.
In fact, an insider prevented from both trading while in possession of nonpublic information and abstaining on such information would earn lower trading returns than a similarly situated public shareholder, all other things being equal.
RISKS IN ABSTAINING Alcohol is without question a poison.
Announced in The New England journal of Medicine, these findings were incomprehensible to anyone who accepts the view of alcoholism promoted by the NIAAA.Aside from the evidence against naltrexone's effectiveness, it was stunning that sugar pills enabled severe alcoholics to reduce their drinking without abstaining completely, which alcoholism experts in the United States teach is impossible.
"People are not testing for HIV, they are not abstaining, they are not using condoms, so should we be so surprised that our infections are rising?
Kaplan was added back by a vote of 62 in favor, none opposed, and 30 abstaining -- with the countries most opposed not voting at all, in a failed attempt to deny a quorum and prevent the vote from counting.
She was defensive not about diluting the text of the resolution and eliminating any explicit reference to Israel's culpability, not about abstaining when the U.S.