abstain

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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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He abstained from interfering with me and my studies, until it was reported in our society, that in the sixth print of my series, Gentleman Jones, highly caricatured, was to form one of the principal figures.
He doubted the gentleman who had abstained from giving his name; he even distrusted the other unknown person who had written to Emily.
Lady Montbarry has informed us that she abstained from engaging another maid in consequence of the extreme dislike which his lordship expressed to having strangers in the house, in the state of his health at that time.
I could only conclude that she had something important to say in relation to herself or to me--and that for reasons of her own she unwillingly abstained from giving expression to it at that time.
As a result Diana had abstained from any further imitative flights of imagination and did not think it prudent to cultivate a spirit of belief even in harmless dryads.
He would, at any rate, have desired to make his own son a good man and a gentleman; he could not have been jealous of him, or have intentionally abstained from imparting to him his own virtue.
Speedwell abstained from mentioning that he had foreseen what would happen, at Windygates.
I hinted--if you remember--at the propriety of my seeing the letter, when you first mentioned it, and I observed that you purposely abstained from understanding me, I am grieved to put you, on this occasion, to a painful test.
At my first interview with her I abstained, as I have already told you, from irritating her by any inquiries on the subject of her name.
As for you,' said Squeers, turning round and addressing Nicholas, who, as he had caused him to smart pretty soundly on a former occasion, purposely abstained from taking any part in the discussion, 'see if I ain't down upon you before long.
But if they abstained from injuring one another, then they might act together better?
I had been accustomed, during the night, to steal a part of their store for my own consumption, but when I found that in doing this I inflicted pain on the cottagers, I abstained and satisfied myself with berries, nuts, and roots which I gathered from a neighbouring wood.
All resolutions proposed at the AGM, together with the percentage of shares abstained, as well as the percentage of votes carried for and against each resolution, are as follows:
So everything Nia Griffith says is overshadowed by the fact Labour abstained on austerity over the next five years and not one member of the Labour Party in Wales turned up to the Commons debate on the Barnett formula, which First Minister Carwyn Jones admitted cost Wales PS300m a year.
So everything Nia Griffith says is overshadowed by the fact Labour abstained on austerity over the next 5 years and not one member of Labour Party in Wales turned up to the Commons debate on the Barnett formula, which FM Carwyn Jones admitted cost Wales PS300 million a year.