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abstain -- as in: 12 votes yes and 3 abstained
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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)
  • She abstained from the vote because her sister was bidding for the job.
  • "All in favor?"
    To my surprise, a lot of hands went up. Dionysus abstained.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • I’ll abstain.
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men
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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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