abstention
noun Etymology: Late Latin abstention-, abstentio, from Latin abstinēre Date: 1521 the act or practice of abstaining • abstentious adjective

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  • abstention — [ apstɑ̃sjɔ̃ ] n. f. • v. 1840; astension « abstinence » 1160; lat. abstentio « action de retenir » ♦ Action de s abstenir de faire qqch. L abstention de qqn dans une affaire, en matière de... « L abstention de l État en tout ce qui n est pas… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • abstention — ab·sten·tion /əb sten chən/ n: the staying of the exercise of federal jurisdiction in a case that involves a question of state law or policy which the federal court prefers to have resolved by a state court or agency Bur·ford abstention / bər… …   Law dictionary

  • Abstention — is a term in election procedure for when a participant in a vote either does not go to vote (on election day) or, in parliamentary procedure, is present during the vote, but does not cast a ballot. Abstention must be contrasted with blank vote ,… …   Wikipedia

  • abstention — The court s dismissal or suspension of a bankruptcy case, or its refusal to entertain related proceedings, on grounds of fairness or in deference to another court (SA Bankruptcy.com) In certain circumstances, the court may choose to abstain from… …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • abstention — (n.) 1520s, from M.Fr. abstention (O.Fr. astencion), from L.L. abstentionem (nom. abstentio) the act of retaining, noun of action from pp. stem of abstinere (see ABSTAIN (Cf. abstain)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Abstention — Ab*sten tion, a. [F. See {Abstain}.] The act of abstaining; a holding aloof. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abstention — (v. lat.), 1) Entsagung; 2) (Kirchw.), der Act, mit dem der Bischof Sünder öffentlich in den Bann that; daher Abstenti, die in den Bann Gethanen …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Abstention — (lat.), Enthaltung, Nichtbeteiligung; Abstentionismus, die Politik der A. im öffentlichen Leben (z.B. bei Wahlen) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • abstention — [n] refraining abstaining, abstinence, avoidance, non indulgence, self control, self denial, self restraint, sobriety; concept 633 …   New thesaurus

  • abstention — ► NOUN 1) an instance of abstaining from a vote. 2) abstinence …   English terms dictionary

  • abstention — [ab sten′shən, əbsten′shən] n. [L abstentio < abstinere, ABSTAIN] the act or an instance of abstaining abstentious adj …   English World dictionary

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