Definition of abstain:
deny oneself, finish, do nothing, withhold, exercise self-restraint, discontinue, let alone, not touch, give over, cease, starve oneself, restraint, keep, forgo, lay off, bring to an end, hold back, pause, abjure, have no hand in, have nothing to do with, go without, withhold, end, keep from, stop, get on the water wagon, let well enough alone, desist, eschew, fast, refuse, hold aloof from, do without, refrain, turn over a new leaf, intermit, keep aloof from, pass up, withhold oneself from, terminate, conclude, spare, hold off, come to an end, restrain oneself, take the pledge, turn aside from, forbear, quit, swear off, renounce, dispense with, teetotal, leave off.
- "Our Knowledge of the External World as a Field for Scientific Method in Philosophy", Bertrand Russell.
The first class envisages a general treaty, by which the signatory states shall undertake to submit all differences between them to processes of arbitration or conciliation conducted by impartial courts or commissions, and to abstain from all acts of hostility during the progress of such investigation.- "The Unity of Civilization", Various.
- "When London Burned", G. A. Henty.