abstention

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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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There was no significant difference between abstentious men and men who currently drink in the number or nature of the problems with others' alcohol use they had encountered, but abstentious men were four times as militant as men who drank alcohol.
While it is obvious that an abstentious minority cannot avoid some contact with alcohol use, their attempts to control the problems they encounter seems to be more than a mere social construct.