how to pronounce abstention


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abstention is pronounced in three syllables

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meanings of abstention


  1. Non-participation in the political world; as a country avoiding international affairs.
  2. The act of abstaining; a holding aloof; refraining from.
  3. The act of restraining oneself.
  4. The act of declining to vote on a particular issue.

abstention frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word abstention occurs in english on average 0.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics abstention can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that abstention can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) communication, information, and media;

3) people, society, and culture;

words that rhyme with abstention


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