abstain abstain  /əb ˈsteɪn/


  1. (v) choose not to consume
  2. (v) refrain from voting


Derived Word(s)


  1. The specialists decided that there was at least no immediate necessity of prostatectomy, relieved him by catheterization, advised him to abstain from many papal obligations.
  2. They do not make love during the first two years of marriage, and they abstain completely for four to six years after the birth of a child.
  3. This last clause, which carefully does not bind Russia to abstain from spreading Communist propaganda in Estonia, seemed to mean that the country will be spared for a time such outright Bolshevization as the Russians are putting through in their part of Poland.


  1. Is your designated driver drunk?

    Should designated drivers abstain from booze? If you said, yes, you might be shocked to know that 35% of so-called DDs drank on duty, while a portion of them were legally drunk when they hit the road, according to a new study.        
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Baltimore Sun

  2. Designated Drivers Don’t Always Abstain

    You’re going out on the town for the night. Everyone wants to have a good time, likely drink, and doesn’t want have to worry about getting home, thus a designated driver is elected – the person who is supposed to remain sober for the night and be responsible for getting everyone home safe and sound. [...] Designated Drivers Don’t Always Abstain is a post from: The Inquisitr
    on June 10, 2013     Source: The Inquisitr

  3. Russian Orthodox Church urges monks to abstain from Internet use

    MOSCOW, June 8 (UPI) -- The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has urged monks to abstain from using the Internet to protect themselves from online temptations.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: UPI


  1. "This pact is a lasting incentive for India to abstain from further nuclear weapons tests and to cooperate closely with the United States in stopping proliferation," said Richard Lugar, chairman of the US Senate foreign relations committee.
    on Nov 15, 2006 By: Richard Lugar Source: Khaleej Times

  2. "I invite voters who trusted me not to cast ballots for Madame Royal or Mr. Sarkozy," Le Pen told at least 5,000 supporters in front of Paris' gilded Opera. "I invite them expressly to abstain massively, reserving themselves for the first...
    on May 1, 2007 By: Jean-Marie Le Pen Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "My biggest mistake was to abstain from the selection of the team. Though I watch a lot cricket whenever possible, I am no cricket expert at the end of the day," Mallya told the Economic Times. "I had a separate list of players that I wanted....
    on May 11, 2008 By: Vijay Mallya Source: CricInfo.com

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