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“… similar instructions abstain if possible …”

meanings of abstain


  1. Hinder; keep back; withhold.
  2. Deliberately refrain from casting one's vote at a meeting where one is present.
  3. Refrain from (something or doing something); keep from doing, especially an indulgence.
  4. Fast (not eat for a period).
  5. Keep or withhold oneself.