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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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The third, on Israeli Settlements, was adopted on March 22, 2012 by a vote of 36 in favor, 1 against (US), and 10 abstentions (Cameroon, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Spain).
Article 117 was adopted by a majority of 182 votes, with 4 abstentions and 2 objections.
L'article 35 qui permet aux services de la fiscalite de proceder a une evaluation approximative des revenus des contribuables dans le cadre des operations de revision prioritaire, il a ete adopte avec 114 voix pour et 11 abstentions.
Radev, a nominee of center-right party Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) and right-wing formation the Reformist Bloc, was backed by 130 MPs, with 16 votes against and 34 abstentions.
The provision was retained by a vote of 166 in favour and three abstentions from France, Pakistan and the UK.
The resolution regarding "Jerusalem" with 144 votes in favor to 6 against, with 10 abstentions.
The aid was approved by 602 votes to 70, with 306 abstentions.
Bishops supported the proposal by 37 to two with one abstention, the clergy voted 162 clergy to 25 against with four abstentions and lay members backed it by 152 to 45 with five abstentions.
In the House of Clergy, 162 votes were in favour and 25 against while there were four abstentions.
Although some polls have predicted the abstention rate will fall between 35 and 40 per cent, other pollsters, while emphasising how difficult abstentions are to predict, suggest it could reach as high as 53 per cent.
Abstentions were: UAE, Austria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d' Ivoire, Czech Republic, Estonia, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Italy, Montenegro, Namibia and Romania.
Le groupe democratique a vu 15 de ses deputes voter pour, 2 contre et 13 abstentions .