what is the meaning of abstain and refrain?

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  • 5 months ago
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    No, thank you. I do not want a serving of that ice cream sundae. I am trying to get back in shape and as such am abstaining from dessert. I will give it up, forgo it, do without.

    I could easily come up with a pithy comeback to what you just said, but I don’t want my words to ever be hurtful so I’d rather refrain, desist. Keep myself in check, renounce, sit this one out.

    My dog is barking furiously at a passing stranger. To avoid a confrontation I’m going to restrain him, control him, confine him, hem him in.

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  • RP
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    5 months ago

    Abstain is to not engage or participate in whereas refrain is to pause or stop.

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  • 5 months ago

    Abstain means voting neither yes nor no. Refrain means not voting at all.

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  • 5 months ago

    I 'm frequently confused regarding two words : refrain and abstain. I understand that abstain has negative connotations as it conveys that something must be stopped. On the other hand, refrain carries a positive sense. I mean I have desire, however I am compelled to stop. Am I right? For instance.

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