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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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it is both legally and logistically difficult to regulate the use of inside information as a factor in the decision to abstain from trading.
The German decision to abstain in the UN vote is expected to exacerbate the considerable tension between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which has been an issue in recent years, regardless of the current situation.
Five TDP MLAs have decided to defy party chief Chandrababu Naidu's decision to abstain.
Mr Cable said that if the rest of the Lib Dem MPs decided to abstain in this month's vote then he would join them for the sake of party "unity".
The same source questioned reasons behind the opposition's escalation despite the fact that Iran has thanked Lebanon for its abstention and although Berri and Nasrallah had expressed to Hariri their "understanding" of Lebanon's need to abstain when they each met with the prime minister earlier.
Lebanon will be in a pickle, but whether it votes or abstains from voting at the UNSC, the West will still be able to impose further sanctions against the Persian state, he went on to say.
Perry Barr) who had threatened to abstain because of the effect of the Budget on unemployment, said today he had decided to back the Government because none of last night's votes had a direct direct on measures which would have an impact on jobs.
We cannot and nor should we tell teenagers who are of legal age to abstain from sex.
Conservative leader Gareth Neale wrote to Coun Griffiths after he backed Liberal Democrat Rodney Berman as council leader against a group decision to abstain at the council's annual meeting.
Because not casting a vote is the same as a no vote, there is no ambiguity on where legislators who abstain stand on an issue, he argued.
High school students who have never had sex or who decide to abstain after becoming sexually experienced often say their choice is rooted in a fear of negative consequences, such as pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and personal beliefs about the appropriateness of teenage sex, according to a large, cross-sectional survey of Minnesota adolescents.
Shareholders of energy group BG are being urged to abstain from re-electing chairman Sir Richard Giordano at the group's AGM tomorrow.