Abstention (disambiguation)

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Abstention or abstaining is refusing to vote in an election or in a parliamentary vote. It may also refer to:

  • abstentionism, standing for election to an assembly while boycotting the assembly itself
  • abstention doctrine, applied by a court refusing to hear a case which ought to be heard by a different court
  • Operation Abstention, code name of the British invasion of the Italian island of Kastelorizo, off Turkey, during World War II, in February 1941
  • abstinence, voluntary restraint from a bodily pleasure, such as alcohol or sexual intercourse