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abstain
used in
Atlas Shrugged
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abstain
Used in
Atlas Shrugged
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  • I shall abstain from voting.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Dr. Ferris did not smile as he walked toward Rearden's desk; he merely wore a look suggesting that Rearden knew full well that he had good reason to smile and so he would abstain from the obvious.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Building is not done by abstaining from demolition; centuries of sitting and waiting in such abstinence will not raise one single girder for you to abstain from demolishing-and now you can no longer say to me, the builder: 'Produce, and feed us in exchange for our not destroying your production.'  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Building is not done by abstaining from demolition; centuries of sitting and waiting in such abstinence will not raise one single girder for you to abstain from demolishing-and now you can no longer say to me, the builder: 'Produce, and feed us in exchange for our not destroying your production.'  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: 12 votes yes and 3 abstained
as in: abstained from alcohol
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