Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or habit of deliberate self-denial.
  • noun An abstaining vote or voter.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A holding off or refraining; abstinence from action; neglect or refusal to do something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective The act of abstaining; a holding aloof.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Non-participation in the political world; as a country avoiding international affairs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Late Latin abstentiō, abstentiōn-, from abstentus, past participle of Latin abstinēre, to hold back; see abstain.]

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