Vocabulary Builder

Vocabulary Builder

    Improve Your Writing

  • Boost your vocabulary
  • See words in the context of real sentences
  • Learn by association and by definition
  • Master a new lexicon!

Get Started Below

Vocabulary Word

Word: abstain

Definition: refrain; withhold from participation; intentionally not use one's vote;


Sentences Containing 'abstain'

A man of any rank may, without any reproach, abstain totally from tasting such liquors.
By December, with Murdock continuing to abstain, the Farmer-led Board reversed "Bonwit Teller" in "Livingston Shirt Corp.", 107 NLRB 400, (1953), and established a new rule in "Peerless Plywood Co.", 107 NLRB 427 (1953) (in which both employers and unions were barred from making captive audience presentations 24 hours before an election, but the employer could make such speeches before this period without giving the union equal time).
During the 1930s and 1940s, he believed he should abstain from exhibiting in Italy, precisely because of his political-administrative activity in the artistic field, not that this stopped his participating in several shows abroad, such as "L'art italien des XIX et XX siècles" (19th and 20th Century Italian Art) at the Jeu de Paume in Paris in 1935 and at the 1939 New York World's Fair.
During this fast they abstain from the gratification of every appetite and passion whatever.
Fast; drink water only; abstain altogether from desire, that thou mayest hereafter conform thy desire to Reason.
How free from all vanity he carried himself in matter of honour and dignity, (as they are esteemed:) his laboriousness and assiduity, his readiness to hear any man, that had aught to say tending to any common good: how generally and impartially he would give every man his due; his skill and knowledge, when rigour or extremity, or when remissness or moderation was in season; how he did abstain from all unchaste love of youths; his moderate condescending to other men's occasions as an ordinary man, neither absolutely requiring of his friends, that they should wait upon him at his ordinary meals, nor that they should of necessity accompany him in his journeys; and that whensoever any business upon some necessary occasions was to be put off and omitted before it could be ended, he was ever found when he went about it again, the same man that he was before.
I believe that every man who has ever been earnest to preserve his higher or poetic faculties in the best condition has been particularly inclined to abstain from animal food, and from much food of any kind.
I was careful, however, to show no concern and to abstain from any pursuit of them, and in the course of a day or two things got back to the old footing.
In becoming a Buddhist, or affirming one's commitment to Buddhism, a layperson is encouraged to vow to abstain from these negative actions.
It was common for warriors in preparation for battle to abstain from sex, as a practice of discipline.
McClellan issued a proclamation "To the Union Men of Western Virginia" in which he stated "Notwithstanding all that has been said by the traitors to induce you to believe that our advent among you will be signalized by interference with your slaves, understand one thing clearly—not only will we abstain from all such interference, but we will, on the contrary, with an iron hand, crush any attempt at insurrection on their part."
Teachers who were believers were forced to conceal their faith and to abstain from visiting churches in order to keep their jobs.
The first of the Five Precepts (Panca-sila) is to abstain from destruction of life.
The official policy was to abstain but 14 deputies voted for the measure.
This belief is in accordance with one of Douglas McGregor's philosophical views of humankind, Theory X. This theory proposes that it is a leaders role to coerce and control followers, because people have an inherent aversion for work and will abstain from it whenever possible.
Under Hadd, "at least four Muslim adult male witnesses, about whom the court is satisfied, having regard to the requirements of tazkiyah al-shuhood, that they are truthful persons and abstain from major sins (kabair), give evidence as eye-witnesses of the act of penetration necessary to the offence."
When the time came for Kiedis to record his vocals, he decided to abstain from cocaine use for two weeks, an experience he likened to "deciding to be celibate when you're living in a brothel."
You must live by rule, submit to diet, abstain from dainty meats, exercise your body perforce at stated hours, in heat or in cold; drink no cold water, nor, it may be, wine.

More Vocab Words

::: repository - storehouse
::: retiring - shy and reserved (of a person); modest; Ex. her retiring personality
::: ellipsis - omission of words from a text; mark used to indicate an omission (when the meaning can be understood without them); PL. ellipses
::: detraction - slandering; aspersion; detracting; CF. detractor
::: optional - not compulsory; left to one's choice; N. option: act of choosing; choice; freedom or power to choose; something available as a choice; Ex. have no option; Ex. two options
::: apposite - appropriate; fitting
::: interpolate - insert between
::: bolster - support; reinforce
::: inculcate - teach (ideas or principles); instill
::: odious - arousing strong dislike; hateful(causing hatred); vile