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abstention

noun  abstemiousness, abstinence from action, avoidance, elusion, evasion, forbearance, holding off, inaction, refrainment
Associated concepts: abstention awaiting the state court's decision, abstention based on deferral, abstention based on state issues, doctrine of abstention
See also: absence, continence, desuetude, temperance

abstention

(US) the staying of a federal case because that court considers the issue can better be dealt with by a state court.

ABSTENTION, French law. This is the tacit renunciation by an heir of a succession Merl. Rep. h.t.

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The third bill provides for the adoption of the document granting the State guarantee for a loan to buy an A330-200; it was passed by 107 votes in favour with 8 abstentions.
Biser Manolov, a nominee of the Reformist Bloc, was supported by 37 MPs, with 18 votes against and 118 abstentions.
The provision was retained by a vote of 166 in favour and three abstentions from France, Pakistan and the UK.
The resolution regarding "Jerusalem" with 144 votes in favor to 6 against, with 10 abstentions.
The aid was approved by 602 votes to 70, with 306 abstentions.
In the house of Bishops, two were against, 37 in favour and only one abstention was reported.
IN 2009 WHEN Cyprus last held elections to allocate its six spots on the European Parliament, voter turnout hit an all-time nadir of 59 per cent, but pollsters predict abstention rates for Sunday's election could be far higher.
Reza Faraji-Dana was approved as minister of science, research and technology on a vote of 159-70 with 32 abstentions or 60.
The Majlis approved Mahmoud Vaezi as the minister of communication and information technology with 218 votes in favor, 45 against, and 20 abstentions from the 284 MPs who were present in the Majlis.
To pass a proposal at CITES, there needs to be a 2/3 majority of those voting to vote 'yes'; abstentions do not count.
As in previous sessions, the Assembly adopted, by 167 in favour to 7 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, United States) with 4 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, CE[sup.
England now look isolated in world football after their attempt to stop the election was defeated by 172 votes to 17, with a further 17 abstentions.