meaning of abstain

abstain meaning in General Dictionary

To impede to withhold

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  • To hold people self aloof to forbear or refrain voluntarily and particularly from an indulgence for the interests or appetites with from
  • keep from voting
  • choose never to digest
  • To hold a person's self aloof; to forbear or refrain voluntarily, and especially from an indulgence regarding the passions or appetites; -- with off.
  • To hinder; to withhold.

abstain meaning in Etymology Dictionary

belated 14c., "to withhold oneself," from Old French abstenir (14c.), previous astenir (13c.) "hold (oneself) right back, refrain, abstain (from), practice abstinence," from Latin abstinere "withhold, keep straight back, keep off," from ab(s)- "from, from" (see ab-) + tenere "to put on" (see tenet). Particularly of liquor, belated 14c. Of voting, 1796. Relevant: Abstained; abstaining.


abstain meaning in General Dictionary

(v. i.) To hold a person's self aloof; to forbear or refrain voluntarily, and particularly from an indulgence of interests or appetites; -- with off.

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  • (v. t.) To hinder; to withhold.

Sentence Examples with the word abstain

One of the first acts of Motawakkil was the release of all those who had been imprisoned for refusing to admit the dogma of the created Koran, and the strict order to abstain from any litigation about the Book of God.

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