what is the meaning of abstain?

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  • 10 months ago
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    offer no decision or opinion at all, even though you have that right and are expected to give one, or "do not act or do a thing". It is used mostly for voting, to say "I do not vote for any of the choices and do not give a different choice either; I make no choice at all". It is also used to declare that I never partake of such things, I never participate (I just say no when the option arises). Abstain from drugs, abstain from sex (do not do them at all, ever).

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  • John P
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    10 months ago

    Not doing something - probably something which you might want to do, or possibly something forbidden by your religion.

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  • 10 months ago

    stop......................

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  • RP
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    10 months ago

    It means to not engage or participate in whatever is the subject of the abstinence.

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  • 10 months ago

    refrain from -- usually used with regard to pleasurable activities that may be incur social opprobrium, such as drinking alcohol

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  • David
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    10 months ago

    To 'abstain' means not to take part in an action one way or the other such as when taking a vote on a particular proposal.

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  • 10 months ago

    To not take part in. Top not have or do a specific thing.

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