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abstain
as in:  12 votes yes and 3 abstained


She abstained from the vote because her sister was bidding for the job.
  to formally not vote either "yes" or "no" (so that other voters will make the decision)
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abstain abstained abstaining abstains abstainer
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  • 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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Associated words [difficulty]:   abstain [6]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Logic & Reasoning, Religion & Spirtuality, Law
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