Synonyms for abstention

Grammar : Noun
Spell : ab-sten-shuh n
Phonetic Transcription : æbˈstɛn ʃən

Définition of abstention

Origin :
  • 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 abstinere (see abstain).
  • noun refraining
Example sentences :
  • The week's end found him a little further in debt, in spite of abstention.
  • Extract from : « Despair's Last Journey » by David Christie Murray
  • Then your whole service has been abstention from positive treachery for your own ends?
  • Extract from : « The False Chevalier » by William Douw Lighthall
  • Their abstention was not noticed by their fellows in the excitement of the time.
  • Extract from : « The Duke's Motto » by Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • Why should we try to make it appear that abstention from lying is a virtue?
  • Extract from : « The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories » by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Political liberty, however, has not only a meaning of abstention, but a meaning of participation.
  • Extract from : « Voltaire » by John Morley
  • He believed that she had a very sweet reason behind her abstention.
  • Extract from : « In the Wilderness » by Robert Hichens
  • Their results, however, seemed sufficient reason for abstention.
  • Extract from : « The Lonely Unicorn » by Alec Waugh
  • And one might ask if the world would have been, or could have been, the worse for that abstention.
  • Extract from : « We Can't Have Everything » by Rupert Hughes
  • Dyck had not his father's abstention from the luxuries of life.
  • Extract from : « No Defense, Complete » by Gilbert Parker
  • He makes a virtue of his abstention from ordinary pleasures.
  • Extract from : « Nonsenseorship » by G. G. Putnam and Others

Antonyms for abstention

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