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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

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

To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.
Saint Augustine

When you doubt, abstain.
Ambrose Bierce

Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
George Eliot

A total abstainer is one who abstains from everything but abstention, and especially from inactivity in the affairs of others.
Ambrose Bierce
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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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