desist(redirected from desistence)
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desistverb abstain, arrest, be quiescent, call off, cease, check, discontinue, end, finish, forbear, freeze, halt, hold, intermit, interrupt, leave off, make inactive, put a stop to, refrain, repose, rest, stand, stay, stop, surcease, suspend, terminate
Associated concepts: cease and desist order
See also: abandon, abate, cease, discontinue, dissolve, halt, interrupt, leave, palliate, pause, refrain, relinquish, rest, stay, stop, suspend, terminate