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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 spring this year the opposition Latvian Alliance of Regions (LRA) already proposed amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the Latvian parliament to prohibit lawmakers from abstaining in parliamentary votes, but the parliament voted against sending this proposal to the committees for review.
A commonly recognized purpose of abstaining is "bridling the lusts of the flesh.
In March 2012 when the Sri Lanka resolution was taken up, 23 countries refrained from supporting the resolution - 15 opposing and 8 abstaining, while 24 countries supported it.
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.
And Clr Light denied the Conservatives had been disrespectful to ex-service people by abstaining.
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.
In fact, an insider prevented from both trading while in possession of nonpublic information and abstaining on such information would earn lower trading returns than a similarly situated public shareholder, all other things being equal.
Aside from the evidence against naltrexone's effectiveness, it was stunning that sugar pills enabled severe alcoholics to reduce their drinking without abstaining completely, which alcoholism experts in the United States teach is impossible.