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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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L'article 37 qui porte sur la determination du revenu des personnes physiques contribuables en se basant sur les facteurs determinant le niveau de vie a ete adopte avec 124 voix pour, 6 abstentions et 1 contre.
Grigorii Vazov, a nominee of nationalist coalition the Patriotic Front, received 43 votes in favor, with 12 votes against and 118 abstentions.
The provision was retained by a recorded vote of 166 in favour with 3 abstentions (France, Pakistan and UK).
The voting results were: 94 in favor to 7 against, with 56 abstentions.
The aid was approved by 614 votes to 71, with 16 abstentions.
Abstention from voting has long been attributed to young voters' indifference and voter discontent with traditional politics and parties.
Seyyed Mahmoud Alavi won the vote of confidence with 227 votes in favor, 38 votes against, and 18 abstentions to become the intelligence minister.
A secret ballot saw Blatter, left as the only candidate for the presidency following Mohamed Bin Hammam's withdrawal on Sunday hours before he was provisionally banned on bribery charges, re-elected with 186 votes and 17 abstentions.
Sayed Makhdoom Raheen, information and culture minister, with 120 ayes, 93 nays, 4 invalid and 14 abstentions votes.
The panel voted 17-0, with 1 abstention, that the drug was effective in treating bipolar mania in children and adolescents aged 10-17 years, and voted 13-0, with 5 abstentions, that it was safe in this group.
The panel voted 17-1 that data on quetiapine showed it was effective for treating schizophrenia in adolescents aged 13-17 years, and 16-0, with 2 abstentions, that the drug was "acceptably safe" for treating schizophrenia in this population.
This decision, adopted by 555 votes for, 93 against and 60 abstentions, assigns each member state an emissions reduction objective for sectors not covered by the ETS (construction, road and maritime transport, services, agriculture, waste, and small industrial installations), which will have to reduce their emissions by 10% by 2020 in comparison to 2005 emissions.