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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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Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt posted on his blog on Thursday that Sweden would also vote yes after initially considering abstaining.
FA chairman David Bernstein has made it clear that abstaining is one of three choices to be put to the FA board, along with voting for Blatter, from Switzerland, or Bin Hammam.
David Bernstein, the FA chairman, has made it clear that abstaining is one of three choices to be put to the FA board, along with voting for Blatter, from Switzerland, or Bin Hammam.
Lebanon's decision not to side with either camp was taken after ministers were equally divided between voting against the proposal and abstaining from the vote.
Consequently, abstaining from the necessities of life must heighten smell, sight, and other sensations.
Electing Not to Vote: Christian Reflections on Reasons for Not Voting" offers another choice, looking past even the possibility of a third party candidate, to abstaining to vote for moral reasons.
The nonbinding resolution was adopted with 101 countries in favor, including Japan and the United States, with 22 votes against and 59 countries abstaining from the voting.
What then is the significance of abstaining from meat?
Those abstaining were Eleanor Montano, Mario Ceballos, Rebecca Issacs and two commissioners who said they did not believe Hathout should receive the award but withheld their votes nonetheless, Vito Canella and Donna Bojarsky.
Nonetheless, the majority of individuals modified their behavior, either abstaining from sex or always using condoms, when symptoms were present.
Do you think abstaining from sex will help me find a man to marry?
On the face of it, it may seem bizarre to assert abstaining from sex results in a higher risk of catching a sexually transmitted disease.