abstention

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Singular
abstention

Plural
abstentions

  1. (uncountable) Abstention is when someone is abstaining from something or when someone does not take part in something. It's usually used to refer to not drinking alcohol or not having sex.
    Abstention stops you from getting drunk.
    My brother's abstention protected him from sexually transmitted diseases.

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