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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: abstenir, from Latin abstinere, from abs- 'away' + tenere 'to hold'


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ab‧stain [intransitive]
1PPV to choose not to vote for or against something:
Six countries voted for the change, five voted against, and two abstained.
2 to not do or have something you enjoy, especially alcohol or sex, usually for reasons of religion or health
abstain from
Pilots must abstain from alcohol for 24 hours before flying.

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