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An example use of abstention in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… the right to not vote and abstention is …”

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.