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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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The initiators of the idea believe that if the members of parliament do not have the option to abstain from voting, it will minimize their chances of hiding their opinions or misleading voters, as by abstaining they actually vote against a given motion.
The penitential practice of abstaining from meat once a week is only a first step toward promoting a more sustainable future, although a critical one.
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.
Clients Step Aftercare Program (PNP) - abstaining addicts, successfully completed a residency in a communi
FA chairman David Bernstein 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.
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.
AN-NAHAR: Sleiman's ministers with the opposition and Democratic gathering with March 14 The deadlock in Baabda...The abstaining in New York ASSAFIR: Lebanon's refrainment from refusing sanctions on Iran raises embarrassing questions Governmental schism revives political tension FUTURE: Hariri briefs Moubarak on the results of his USA visit and meets Erdogan on Thursday The cabinet is divided so Lebanon abstains from voting AD-DIYAR: "Iran's sanctions" shakes Doha governmental accord Equal voting in the cabinet embarrasses Lebanon towards Washington and Tehran Sleiman votes with the opposition and Jumblatt takes Saudi advice into consideration DAILY STAR: Security Council approves new sanctions against Iran
While Lebanon was advised to do what Turkey does, by voting or abstaining if Ankara does, Lebanese officials maintain that the pressure from Tehran, Damascus, and the Iran-backed Hizbullah on Beirut is immense, Alhomayed added.
Though abstaining will not really harm the Congress, her gesture, she believes will endear the Muslims to her party in the West Bengal assembly elections.
Consequently, abstaining from the necessities of life must heighten smell, sight, and other sensations.
"Electing Not to Vote: Christian Reflections on Reasons for Not Voting" offers another choice, looking past even the possibility of a third party candidate, to abstaining to vote for moral reasons.