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abstain

verb avoid, be loath, be neutral, by-pass, cease, decline, defer, desist, discontinue, dispense with, do without, eschew, forebear, forgo, hold back, keep away, keep off, let alone, not use, not vote, refrain voluntarily from, refuse, restrain oneself, shirk, shun, spare, stand aside, take no sides, turn aside from, waive, withhold
See also: abandon, decline, defer, desist, discontinue, eschew, forbear, refrain, refuse, reject, relinquish, rest, shirk, shun, withhold
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The ex-Falkirk West MP, who backed a Yes vote in the independence referendum, said: "What is the point of having a Labour Party which simply abstains when it comes to fighting against Tory cuts?
admissions committee meeting, France's permanent representative at the United Nations said France would have no choice but to abstain in the Security Council," it said.
FA chiefs had all but ruled out supporting the current incumbent following England's 2018 World Cup bid defeat, and last week's fresh allegations of bidding corruption involving Qatar made it virtually certain the board would abstain.
FA chairman David Bernstein said in a statement yesterday: "The FA board has today agreed to abstain in the vote for the presidency of FIFA.
If they abstain, they could be accused of breaking this promise.
However, it is questionable if the youths in the program will actually abstain from sexual activity.
Three phrases stand out in large, white letters on the long blackboard: "To abstain," "sexual activity" and "subliminal seduction.
Opponents of insider trading regulation, on the other hand, have cited insiders' unfettered ability to abstain on nonpublic information to support one of their main claims--that any attempt to "level the playing field" between insiders and the public is bound to fail.
The rebellion comes after the National Association of Pension Funds urged them to abstain amid fears the contracts could "reward directors for failure".
These findings indicate that the vast majority of heroin and cocaine users either never become addicted or, if they do, soon manage to moderate their use or abstain.
The archbishop did not promote the use of condoms, but emphasized that the church's calling was for people "to abstain from sex or to be faithful.
You must abstain from sexual intercourse or use two highly effective birth control methods at the same time for at least one month before receiving thalidomide.