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abstention

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abstention/əbˈstɛnʃən/noun
pluralabstentions
abstention
/əbˈstɛnʃən/
noun
pluralabstentions
Learner's definition of ABSTENTION  
: the act or practice of abstaining: such as
[noncount] : the act of choosing not to do or have something— usually + from
   b : a formal refusal to vote on something
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