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Definition of 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

From the gut comes the strut, and where hunger reigns, strength abstains.
Francois Rabelais

When you doubt, abstain.
Ambrose Bierce

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

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

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