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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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