ab·sten·tion (ăb-stĕnshən, əb-)
1. The act or habit of deliberate self-denial.
2. An abstaining vote or voter: 12 ayes, 10 nays, and 8 abstentions.
[Late Latin abstentiō, abstentiōn-, from abstentus, past participle of Latin abstinēre, to hold back; see ABSTAIN.]
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