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Synonyms for abstain

to hold oneself back

Synonyms for abstain

refrain from voting

Related Words

choose not to consume

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At the Gates of Learning we were taught that to abstain from action was unbefitting a Sahib.
Powderell, who in his constant charity of interpretation was inclined to esteem Lydgate the more for what seemed a conscientious pursuit of a better plan, had his mind disturbed with doubts during his wife's attack of erysipelas, and could not abstain from mentioning to Lydgate that Mr.
It was not so difficult to abstain from seeing her, because of the violent heat of creative fever that burned in him.
I mean, I restored him to the bosom of the club, and compassionating the feebleness of his health and extreme lowness of his spirits, I recommended him to "take a little wine for his stomach's sake," and, when he was sufficiently re-established, to embrace the media-via, ni-jamais-ni-toujours plan - not to kill himself like a fool, and not to abstain like a ninny - in a word, to enjoy himself like a rational creature, and do as I did; for, don't think, Helen, that I'm a tippler; I'm nothing at all of the kind, and never was, and never shall be.
Nay, some are so cautious on this head, that, to avoid a possibility of killing the patient, they abstain from all methods of curing, and prescribe nothing but what can neither do good nor harm.
They also abstain from all heavy thoughts which inflate the heart.
I purposely abstain from extending these observations to any length.
Nevertheless a prince ought to inspire fear in such a way that, if he does not win love, he avoids hatred; because he can endure very well being feared whilst he is not hated, which will always be as long as he abstains from the property of his citizens and subjects and from their women.
Not surprisingly, there is evidence consistent with the hypothesis that insiders use nonpublic information to abstain from unfavorable trades.
They also voted to re-elect Bill Shannon, the company's only executive director up for re-election this year, despite the NAPF urging them to abstain because Mr Shannon is on a two-year contract.
Gordis' attitude seems to be: "Most alcoholics won't abstain after treatment, but they should
You must abstain from sexual intercourse or use a condom during intercourse while, and for one month after, taking thalidomide.
In Jerusalem, Germany was considered a certainty to vote against the UN resolution, and the German decision not to oppose the Palestinian bid but rather to abstain shocked the top brass at the Israeli Foreign Ministry and prime minister's office, Haaretz said.
We feel that it is not proper in a democracy to abstain from voting, especially in the case of elections to the highest post in the country," party MP M.
Countries sometimes abstain when they haven't received instructions from home in time for the vote.