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Synonyms for abstain

to hold oneself back

Synonyms for abstain

refrain from voting

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choose not to consume

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Out of the four candidates, Kendall was the only one to publicly back the party's decision to abstain on the vote.
Earlier, in an interview to an English daily, NCP chief Sharad Pawar had said his party will abstain from voting in the Legislative Assembly.
PARIS: France will abstain in a vote on a Palestinian request for full membership of the United Nations, the French Foreign Ministry said Friday.
Sepp Blatter has branded the FA's decision to abstain in the FIFA presidential election as "strange" and said the organisation needed to play a leading role in world football.
FA chiefs had all but ruled out supporting the incumbent Blatter following England's 2018 World Cup bid defeat, and last week's fresh allegations of bidding corruption involving Qatar made it virtually certain they would abstain.
There are two candidates and three possible decisions, the other being that we will abstain.
Researchers with the MD Anderson Cancer Center and Institute for Community Research studied 414 treatment-seeking smokers in the Houston metropolitan area to determine whether the density of tobacco outlets or the proximity would have an effect on ability to abstain from smoking.
Undecided: The coalition agreement, signed by the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives in May, allows Lib Dem MPs to abstain on the vote.
Lebanon's decision to abstain from Wednesday's voting at the UN Security Council on a draft resolution to impose sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program was praised by Ali Hamadeh, a political analyst with Lebanon's AN-NAHAR newspaper "Lebanon cannot but abstain from voting at the Security Council on the sanctions resolution against Iran.
As a citizen of a country placed in the very Northern parts of the so-called civilized world, there are those who would eagerly point out the futility of having to abstain from the necessities of life.
abstention from take part in the vote is "a message about bringing al-Bashir to justice" "The US decision to abstain is clearly a vote against giving President al-Bashir a get-out-of-jail-free card.
The result represented a failure by the Western bloc to induce Russia and China at least to abstain because of the gravity of the crisis in Zimbabwe.
Between 20% and 30% of the high street retailer's shareholders are understood to be planning to either vote against Sir Stuart's election as executive chairman or to abstain from the vote, according to Sunday newspaper reports.
Despite pledging to abstain on some moral issues, he plans to vote against reopening the debate on marriage.
Three-fourths of individuals who know that they have genital herpes either abstain from vaginal sex or always use condoms when they have symptoms, but only one-fifth do so when they are free of symptoms.