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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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Anna Turley, MP for Redcar, also abstained from the vote, stating on her website: "It will make thousands of families worse off, push children into poverty and make some children matter less than others.
On Friday, India abstained on a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution condemning Israel over a UN report into the war crimes committed during the 2014 Tel Aviv's assault on Gaza- marking a significant change in India's stance.
And at Westminster they abstained on a vote against workfare - the Tory policy of forcing people to work for nothing.
Iran's 13 neighbors have traditionally voted nay on the annual resolution to condemn Iran or occasionally abstained or absented themselves.
The opposition is successful in terms of proposal, because the 18-19 parties, which participated in the debate, opposed FDI, but two of them abstained at the time of voting, the government might have managed them.
The proposal of the right-wing Blue Coalition for a 10-year ban for people from the State Security, DS, and the Communist military intelligence was rejected by 18 against and 67 abstained.
Islamabad -- President Pakistan Muslim League-Q Chaudhary Shujat Hussain is all set to file a reference for the disqualification of MNAs who abstained from voting during Friday's Prime Ministerial elections.
They found that people living less than 500 meters from the closest store selling tobacco were less likely to have abstained from smoking at 26 weeks than people living greater than 500 meters from such stores.
He did not explain why his MP abstained from voting and only reminded of how the MPs in the Council of Europe voted.
We did not reach a final decision after evaluating the issue thus we abstained from voting because we respect our principles as sanctions proved to be ineffective on the international scene," he added.
THE TWO MPs of railway minister Mamata Banerjee's party, the Trinamool Congress, abstained from voting on the women's reservation bill in the Rajya Sabha.
45 members present voted with, 19 members against and one member abstained.