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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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Two bill of concession contracts, related between the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy and the respective contract companies, for the Orikum-Llogara and Milot-Balldren roads, respectively voted with 72 votes in favor, 23 against and 5 abstentions; and 79 votes in favor, 26 against and 3 abstentions.
funds for anti-Israel purposes, passed with 96 votes in favor, 13 against and 64 abstentions. The United States, Israel, Australia, Canada, Moldova, Hungary, Honduras, Guatemala, and others voted against it.
By a recorded vote of 158 in favor to 5 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, United States), with 7 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Guatemala, Palau, Rwanda, Solomon Islands), the draft resolution "Operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East" was approved.
His motion to take 'no action' on the amendment was defeated by a vote of 59-78, with 26 abstentions, allowing the U.S.
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.
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. ( ANI )
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.
The votes were: in Favour: 27, Against: 6, and Abstentions: 14
According to dpa, there were 379 votes in favour, 212 against and 2 abstentions.