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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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In this study only one unit a day carries the lowest risk of dementia, with the risk for drinkers clearly exceeding abstainers.
Among abstainers, there were 333 for men and 717 for women.
Regarding variables assessed pre-treatment (ND, NWS and craving) significant differences were found at the end of the treatment for only ND; abstainers had lower ND than participants who continued smoking (M = 4.
There were similar suggestions by government officials to fine abstainers after the 2012 presidential elections.
Abstainers are individuals who reported no alcohol use in the past 12 months.
Participants who reported no alcohol intake in the past were classified as abstainers.
lower problem-importance ratings, more critical of the scientific merit of the risk information, and skeptical of the empirical claims) than did abstainers.
After adjusting for other differences among the groups, the most frequent users of olive oil were 41 percent less likely to have had a stroke than the abstainers, the researchers report online June 15 in Neurology.
The lower risk seen in coffee drinkers remained even after researchers allowed for other factors that typically boost risk and were more often seen in coffee drinkers than in abstainers, such as smoking and failure to exercise.
When you read that there exists a chef "who is famous for making it chic to eat your vegetables" but whose own personal carnivorous habits "discredit him in the eyes of the most devout abstainers," something in youor in me, anywaynaturally assumes he is a Jew.
Deputy foreign minister Khaled Kaim said a fact-finding team from Security Council abstainers Germany and China, as well as Malta and Turkey, could come to Libya immediately and have unfettered access to "verify" the ceasefire.
Many, possibly the majority of abstainers, are too ignorant of politics or too lazy or both.