• Abstention

    Pronunciation

    • RP IPA: /əbˈstɛn.ʃn̩/
    • US

    Origin

    First attested in 1521. From French abstention, from Late Latin abstēntiō from Latin abstinēō ("withhold, to abstain")

    Full definition of abstention

    Noun

    abstention

    (plural abstentions)
    1. (obsolete) The act of restraining oneself. Attested from the early 16th century until the med 17th century.
    SOED5|page=9
    1. The act of abstaining; a holding aloof; refraining from. First attested in the early 17th century.
    2. The act of declining to vote on a particular issue. First attested in the late 19th century.
    3. Non-participation in the political world; as a country avoiding international affairs.
    © Wiktionary