1. abs- + tent- "hold, keep, maintain" + -ion.
2. => keep away, keep off.
- abstention (n.)
- 1520s, from Middle French abstention (Old French astencion), from Late Latin abstentionem (nominative abstentio) "the act of retaining," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin abstinere "keep back, keep off, hold off" (see abstain).
- 1. The goal is complete abstention from all mind-altering substances.
- 2. Abstention is traditionally high in Colombia.
- 3. There were high levels of abstention in the election.
- 4. Abstention from drinking and smoking is the only way to improve your poor health.
- 5. In Washington the Bureau of European Affairs recommended abstention.
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