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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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He abstained on the SNP motion for Parliament to choose between no deal or revoking Article 50.
'Constitution (Fourth Alteration) Bill No 20 (Submission from the Judiciary); Yes: 29 States, No: 2 State, Abstain: 4 States;
If only Ciudadanos abstained, Rajoy would still have to win the support of 23 lawmakers from other parties to secure a parliamentary majority.
across stand by will lives will lift people out of poverty and help those who are working hard to make ends meet, then what on earth is Labour for?" Sturgeon said she was "sadly" not surprised by the party's decision to abstain, adding: "It really does beg a fundamental question, if Labour is not about opposing a Tory government that is waging an ideological assault, not on skivers who don't want to work, but on people who are working hard on low incomes, if Labour is not about opposing that, what is Labour for?
The SLFP, TNA and DNA voted with the government, while other members of the UPFA abstained from voting.
"NCP has taken the decision to abstain from voting only because it wishes to honour the mandate of the people of Maharashtra which is in favour of the BJP.
Dubai: Smoking cessation specialists called on smokers who abstained from tobacco during the 15-hour fasting period in Ramadan, to quit smoking now as quitting will be easier for them.
So the council decided that the only way to end this was to abstain from sexual intercourse as a form of rebellion towards their male counterparts.
The Commons will vote on the proposals for the first time tomorrow and there are suggestions that around 180 Tory MPs are set to oppose or abstain, including a significant number of Cabinet members, junior ministers and party enforcers.
Iran's 13 neighbors have traditionally voted nay on the annual resolution to condemn Iran or occasionally abstained or absented themselves.
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.
Are they being told to abstain by bosses, or scared to commit in case they upset someone and just think it's a safer option?