abstention abstention  /əb ˈstɛn tʃən/


  • (n) the trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol)


  1. After decades of relative abstention, Colson is back in power politics.
  2. But an abstention rate of 44% suggests some of Chavez's traditional support base didn't show up to vote.
  3. It's a mistake because this leads to disillusion and abstention.


  1. Override needed to solve long-term deficit

    SHIRLEY -- With unanimous approval save one abstention, the Finance Committee voted Monday night to recommend use of the town stabilization fund to cover any change in the Shirley school budget assessment up to $55,000.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Shirley Oracle

  2. R.I. Senate committee approves casino oversight bill

    By Katherine Gregg PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A 58-page casino crime-and-punishment bill is headed for a vote by the full Senate on Wednesday, after clearing the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The committee vote was 9-to-0, with one abstention after some Senators - and speakers - expressed reservations about the 11th hour introduction of the bill and the severity of the penalties for cheating or ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Providence Journal

  3. Shirley finance panel: Put stabilization fund toward school budget

    SHIRLEY -- With unanimous approval save for one abstention, the Finance Committee voted Monday night to recommend the use of town stabilization-fund money to cover any change in Shirley's school-budget assessment up to $55,000.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Sentinel & Enterprise


  1. Blatter told a news conference in Zurich: "Mohamed Bin Hammam proposed that the future mandate of the presidency is limited to eight years - twice four years - and not more. This motion was rejected by 15 votes to five with one abstention. This...
    on Mar 19, 2010 By: Sepp Blatter Source: The Guardian

  2. "The general impression is that voter abstention was slightly less this year than in preceding two rounds," said Gerard Latortue, Haiti's former prime minister who is heading the OIF organisation of French speaking countries team of observers,...
    on Apr 30, 2007 By: Gerard Latortue Source: Independent Online

  3. "Our main battle is the fight against abstention," French Agriculture Minister Michel Barnier said last week, as he campaigned for the ruling conservative UMP party.
    on May 4, 2009 By: Michel Barnier Source: AFP

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