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Definition of Abstain

Abstain

  1. To hold one's self aloof; to forbear or refrain voluntarily, and especially from an indulgence of the passions or appetites; -- with from.
  2. To hinder; to withhold.

Abstain Quotations

I myself eschew all stimulants. I also practically abstain from meat.
Nikola Tesla

Remember that it is not enough to abstain from lying by word of mouth; for the worst lies are often conveyed by a false look, smile, or act.
Abraham Cahan

When you doubt, abstain.
Ambrose Bierce

All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.
Epictetus

All that a good government aims at... is to add no unnecessary and artificial aid to the force of its own unavoidable consequences, and to abstain from fortifying and accumulating social inequality as a means of increasing political inequalities.
James F. Cooper
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Abstain Translations

abstain in Dutch is zich onthouden, zich abstineren
abstain in French is abstenir, abstiens, s'abstenir, abstiennent
abstain in German is enthalten, sich enthalten
abstain in Spanish is abstenerse

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