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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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Abstention is a collection of doctrines that largely create enormous waste and that overwhelm the perceived benefits of their implementation.
At present, electoral abstention is an issue that is being constantly discussed in the framework of contemporary procedural democracy.
This cynical abstention on your part indicates a profound lack of political courage, integrity and ethics.
In the crucial lay votes there were 152 votes in favour, 45 against and five abstentions.
"We do not want to create a new crisis and our abstention from issuing the new prices aimed at speeding up the process because we have already suggested price cuts during previous cabinet sessions but we did not reach any positive results," he said.
While Hariri and his allies in the March 14 coalition have defended the abstention decision, arguing that it served Lebanon's interests, Hizbullah, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and their allies have criticized it.
According to the announcement the successful ministers include: Abdul Rahim Wardak, defence minister, who secured 124 ayes and 100 nays, and 8 abstentions. Mohammad Hanif Atmar, interior minister with 147 ayes, 77 nays and the rest invalid.
The panel also voted 16-0, with 2 abstentions, that the drug was "acceptably safe" for treating schizophrenia in this population.
The number of abstentions was unusually high, particularly for ziprasidone.
The panel also voted 23-3 with one abstention that the treatment's benefits outweigh its risks for asthma patients ages 12 to 17, and 13-11 with three abstentions for children ages 4 to 11.
(1) These circumstances give rise to what is commonly referred to as the "abstention doctrine," which "prohibits a federal court from deciding a case within its jurisdiction so that a state court can resolute some or all of the dispute." (2) The purpose of this doctrine is to "preserve the balance between state and federal sovereignty." (3) This balance between state and federal courts is often referred to as federalism or comity, and the cases involving federal court abstention embody complex considerations designed to avoid friction between federal and state courts.
The earlier motion, which had passed by a vote of 25-5 (with one abstention and one member absent) and remains in place, reads, "CUSA ...