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abstain
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Nicholas Nickleby
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  • ’As for you,’ said Squeers, turning round and addressing Nicholas, who, as he had caused him to smart pretty soundly on a former occasion, purposely abstained from taking any part in the discussion, ’see if I ain’t down upon you before long.
  • ’To put him,’ said Madame Mantalini, looking at Ralph, and prudently abstaining from the slightest glance at her husband, lest his many graces should induce her to falter in her resolution, ’to put him upon a fixed allowance; and I say that if he has a hundred and twenty pounds a year for his clothes and pocket-money, he may consider himself a very fortunate man.’

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as in: 12 votes yes and 3 abstained Define
to formally not vote either "yes" or "no" (so that other voters will make the decision)
as in: abstained from alcohol Define
choose not to do something
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