Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who practises or is in favor of abstention, as from the act of voting, from eating flesh, etc.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

abstention +‎ -ist

Examples

  • Murphy on the other hand ticks many boxes and hardly has a low profile, given he's a Minister and one SF's five abstentionist MPs.

    New leaders, new direction

  • Rather than the threat of jumping ship to Jim Allister and his TUV misfits, they can be rewarded with a seat in Westminster - 'the motherland's legislature' - for an easy life well away from the day to day dealings with abstentionist republicans.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • According to their website the rationale for this abstentionist tactic is to avoid their MEPs getting sucked into the "notorious EU gravy train."

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Rather than the threat of jumping ship to Jim Allister and his TUV misfits, they can be rewarded with a seat in Westminster - 'the motherland's legislature' - for an easy life well away from the day to day dealings with abstentionist republicans.

    DUP hard liners sticking it out before comfortable exile?

  • According to their website the rationale for this abstentionist tactic is to avoid their MEPs getting sucked into the "notorious EU gravy train."

    Stalinists + Liberal Party + Bob Crow = No2EU

  • The fact that the Party is not abstentionist, and can make its voice heard on the floor of House of Commons and on Parliamentary Committees should also be seen as an advantage.

    "THE SDLP’S CHALLENGE"

  • This way the DUP and SF would have been left to fight it out, pushing their own narrow tribal agendas - and a candidate with the support of both communities campaigning on real and important issues being returned to Westminster rather than the abstentionist Pat Doherty.

    "THE SDLP’S CHALLENGE"

  • The main victim here is the “abstentionist” movement who is told that the main trickery of Chavez IS NOT the electoral registry, at least at presidential election level.

    Electoral registry irregularities and Perez Oramas on the uselessness of voting

  • The main victim here is the “abstentionist” movement who is told that the main trickery of Chavez IS NOT the electoral registry, at least at presidential election level.

    07/16/2006 - 07/23/2006

  • At some point in the weeks that followed the December set back the decision was taken to maintain the opposition in an abstentionist mood.

    Chavez sets his electoral strategy

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