How to use Abstain in a sentence

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  • During Lent, many religious people decide to abstain from something to focus more clearly on God.

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  • Next he must abstain from all flesh diet except fish.

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  • I am trying to abstain from sweets for my new diet.

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  • If you would like to be a safer driver, abstain from using your phone while behind the wheel.

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  • Some have added fish to their dietary; but, speaking generally, all who are called vegetarians will be found to abstain from the use of flesh and fowl and almost invariably also from fish as food.

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  • You may either vote or abstain from making a decision for now.

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  • The survivors believe that the ghostly ogre, being so well provided for, will abstain from haunting them.

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  • During this fast they abstain from the gratification of every appetite and passion whatever.

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  • To ensure that my heart stays healthy, I abstain from eating sodium.

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  • They both abstain from meat and liquor, marry at the age of puberty, ordinarily celebrate their ceremonies through the agency of the elders of their own caste and bury their dead.

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  • The lover of wisdom, who is priest of the universal God, rather than risk the taking into himself of inferior souls and polluting demons, will abstain from eating animals.

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  • Both parties agreed to respect the religious views of their opponents and to abstain from all violence, and the Compacts were again confirmed.

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  • The guiding principle in watering plants is to do it thoroughly when it is required, and to abstain from giving a second supply till the first has been taken up.

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  • Lord John Russell, indeed, was too earnest in his desire for reform to abstain from one serious effort to accomplish it.

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  • As soon as the pilgrim assumes the ihram or pilgrim dress he must abstain from cutting his hair or nails.

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  • After reiterating commands to abstain from idolatry and to observe the Sabbath, vv.

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  • Purity rings are rings that symbolize a commitment to abstain from sex until marriage.

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  • In 1796, Alexander Kilham, who refused to abstain from agitation for further reform, and accused his brethren of priestcraft, was expelled from their ranks and the New Connexion was formed with 5000 members (see Methodist New Connexion).

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  • Members were also instructed to completely abstain from all drugs.

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  • People who do not abstain should do everything possible to reduce risk, including using condoms.

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  • To abstain, therefore, from the quest for power is logically entailed by an understanding of the evil of violence.

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  • Tone did not feel himself bound in honour by his compact with the government at home to abstain from further conspiracy; and finding himself at Philadelphia in the congenial company of Reynolds, Rowan and Napper Tandy, he undertook a mission to Paris to persuade the French government to send an expedition to invade Ireland.

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  • The powers having engaged to abstain from intervention in italian affairs, Victor Emmanuel addressed a letter to Pius IX.

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  • Pompey finally took the stronghold by choosing the day of the fast, when the Jews abstain from all work, that is the sabbath (Strabo).

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  • A Conscience clause is the term given to a special provision often inserted in an English act of parliament to enable persons having religious scruples to absent themselves from certain services, or to abstain from certain duties, otherwise prescribed by the act.

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  • The less conciliatory attitude towards the Italian government was resumed in an encyclical addressed to the Italian clergy (5th August 1898), in which he insisted on the duty of Italian Catholics to abstain from political life while the papacy remained in its "painful, precarious and intolerable position."

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  • Austria and Russia supported Augustus III., elector of Saxony, and the empress Anne marched an army into Poland and compelled the election of her candidate, though Russia had bound herself by the treaty of 1711 and again by that of 1720 to abstain from all interference with Poland.

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  • In July 1755 a very polite and, as far as Voltaire was concerned, indirect resolution of the Consistory declared that in consequence of these proceedings of the Sieur de Voltaire the pastors should notify their flocks to abstain, and that the chief syndic should be informed of the Consistory's perfect confidence that the edicts would be carried out.

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  • They averred that the sum and substance of their "fault" was that they had been accustomed to meet on a fixed day before daylight to sing in turns a hymn to Christ as God, and to bind themselves by a solemn oath (sacramento) to abstain from theft or robbery, and from adultery, perjury and dishonesty; after which they were wont to separate and to meet again for a common meal.

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  • The fact, however, must not be overlooked that while vegetarian societies claim as "vegetarians" all who abstain from flesh foods, there is a large and growing number of people who repudiate the name of "vegetarian" because of its associations, but who none the less, for some of the reasons detailed below, abstain from eating anything that has been killed.

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  • In England it had not been possible to bring the old British and the young Anglo-Saxon churches into friendly union; but in spite of this the Celts did not abstain from working at the common tasks of Christendom, and the continent has much to thank them for.

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  • Like many of the leading modern utilitarians, they combined with their psychological distrust of popular judgments of right and wrong, and their firm conviction that all such distinctions are based solely on law and convention, the equally unwavering principle that the wise man who would pursue pleasure logically must abstain from that which is usually denominated "wrong" or "unjust."

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  • Victor Emmanuel himself wrote to Garibaldi urging him to abstain from an attack on Naples, but Garibaldi refused to obey, and on the 19th of August he crossed with 4500 men and took Reggio by storm.

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  • It was essential in the old Greek rites of averting the Keres or djinns, the ill regulated ghosts who return to earth and molest the living, to abstain from flesh.

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  • Furthermore, he must abstain all his life from sexual intercourse; he may not take even a blade of grass without permission of the owner; he must not kill even a worm or ant; he must not boast of his perfection.

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  • Frederick bluntly informed his nephew that, in concert with Russia and Denmark, he had guaranteed the integrity of the existing Swedish constitution, and significantly advised the young monarch to play the part of mediator and abstain from violence.

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  • While advising Congress to " abstain from the introduction of those exciting topics of sectional character which have hitherto produced painful apprehensions in the public mind," he favoured the admission of California as a free state, and counselled the legislators to await the action of the people of New Mexico and Utah upon the slavery question.

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  • In the treaty which Russia was compelled to sign Turkey obtained the restitution of Azov, the destruction of the forts built by Russia and the undertaking that the tsar should abstain from future interference in the affairs of the Poles or the Cossacks.

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  • The authorities tried to extort from him a promise that he would abstain from preaching; but he was convinced that he was divinely set apart and commissioned to be a teacher of righteousness, and he was fully determined to obey God rather than man.

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  • The pilgrimage retained its importance for the commercial well-being of Mecca; to this day the Meccans live by the Hajj - letting rooms, acting as guides and directors in the sacred ceremonies, as contractors and touts for land and sea transport, as well as exploiting the many benefactions that flow to the holy city; while the surrounding Bedouins derive support from the camel-transport it demands and from the subsidies by which they are engaged to protect or abstain from molesting the pilgrim caravans.

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  • But though there was but little money to dispose of, he and Buckiugham, who, now that James was sick and infirm, Were the real leaders of the government, could not endure to abstain from the prosecution of the war.

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  • That the members of this " city of Zeus " should observe their contracts, abstain from mutual harm, combine to protect each other from injury, were obvious points of natural law; while again, it was clearly necessary to the preservation of human society that its members should form sexual unions, produce children, and bestow care on their rearing and training.

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  • This time Venizelos, as a protest against the King's unconstitutional proceedings, called upon his party to abstain from the polls; and as a result, only 230,000 votes were cast, as against 720,000 in the previous election.

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  • It was publicly agreed that England's difficulty in South Africa was Ireland's opportunity, and that all should abstain from supporting an amendment to the address which admitted that the war would have to be fought out.

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  • With such followers he made the constitution of 1876 and all the laws of the monarchy, putting a limited franchise in the place of universal suffrage, curtailing liberty of conscience, rights of association and of meeting, liberty of the press, checking democracy, obliging the military to abstain from politics, conciliating the Carlists and Catholics by his advances to the Vatican, the Church and the religious orders, pandering to the protectionists by his tariff policy, and courting abroad the friendship of Germany and Austria after contributing to the marriage of his king to an Austrian princess.

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  • Requesting the doctor to abstain from applying any pigments containing iron oxide or other metallic components is a good way to keep you safe from potential complications with permanent makeup.

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  • They abstain from all flesh foods, such as meat, fish and poultry, as well as products made from animals, like eggs, milk, butter, and cheese.

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  • It can be used for years as a maintenance therapy for keeping those who cannot abstain away from drugs.

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  • However, this method has become more controversial in recent years, due to the amount of time many patients require the maintenance to abstain from using.

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  • The Pattyn's group, The Silver Ring Thing, is a Christian abstinence organization that developed the trend to wear a silver ring to symbolize the commitment to abstain from sex before marriage.

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  • Abstinence rings are a popular choice for symbolizing a commitment to abstain from sex.

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  • Abstinence rings are a great way to express a pledge to abstain from premarital sex.

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  • What better way to shun the masses (an intrinsic part of punk's "uniqueness") than to abstain from that which the masses routinely engage in (in this case, recreational drugs, drinking, and smoking)?

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  • The person must take nothing but water and abstain from exercise for 12 hours before the glucose is given.

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  • In addition, the person must abstain from exercise in the 12-hour fasting period.

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  • Therefore, women who are anticipating a pregnancy should abstain from all alcoholic beverages.

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  • If you smoke, you'll need to stop a week or two before the procedure and try to abstain for a while afterward because smoking can impair healing.

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  • As soon as you know you are pregnant or decide you want to try to conceive, you should abstain from alcohol.

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  • Abstain from all sex during the last trimester if either of you have herpes.

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  • The purity promise ring can also signify that the wearer is choosing to abstain from things like alcohol and tobacco.

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  • This means that in order to mitigate your symptoms and heal your body, you will have to abstain completely from all gluten containing products.

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  • This secretin/vitamin regimen is typically given for three weeks and the the patient abstain from it for three weeks before starting the regimen again.

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  • Common foods and substances to abstain from during this period are caffeine in coffee, tea, soda, chocolate, smoking, processed and refined foods, sugar, and alcohol.

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  • I also had dental surgery in my second week on the program and had to abstain from food for two days.

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  • If you are able to eat every two to three hours and abstain from fruit, bread, tortillas, and other simple carbs, this could be the plan for you.

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  • This isn't one of those diets where you snap into autopilot; you have to put some thought into your menu, learn to cook your food and probably abstain from eating out more often than not.

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  • The first part of the plan has dieters abstain from breads, potatoes, rice, pastas, alcohol, and sugar.

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  • I only abstain from doing them any good, in the full belief that we ought not to cherish serpents.

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  • In Milton, on the 9th of September 1774, at the house of Daniel Vose, a meeting, adjourned from Dedham, passed the bold "Suffolk Resolves" (Milton then being included in Suffolk county), which declared that a sovereign who breaks his compact with his subjects forfeits their allegiance, that parliament's repressive measures were unconstitutional, that tax-collectors should not pay over money to the royal treasury, that the towns should choose militia officers from the patriot party, that they would obey the Continental Congress and that they favoured a Provincial Congress, and that they would seize crown officers as hostages for any political prisoners arrested by the governor; and recommended that all persons in the colony should abstain from lawlessness.

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  • The same year he introduced a Test Oath by which all holding office or seats in either House of Parliament were to declare resistance to the royal power a crime, and promise to abstain from all attempts to alter the government of either church or state; but this extreme measure of retrograde toryism was successfully opposed by wiser statesmen.

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  • Samson's mother is forbidden to eat unclean things during pregnancy, but Samson himself touches the carcass of a lion and is often in contact with the slain, nor does he abstain from giving feasts.'

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  • According to the Century Dictionary, the secretary of a New York temperance society introduced a total abstinence pledge among its members, who were thus divided into those who had taken the old pledge, the O.P.'s, to abstain from spirituous liquors, and the T.'s, who had taken the new or total pledge.

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  • India abstain from the flesh of their domestic animal, the buffalo; but once a year they sacrifice a bull calf, which is eaten in the forest by the adult males.

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  • Elizabeth sent conditional offers of help to her kinswoman, provided she would accept of English intervention and abstain from seeking foreign assistance; but the messenger came too late.

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  • All the sufferers, however, were wise enough to abstain from talking about their beatings, except Osborne, the most rapacious and brutal of booksellers, who proclaimed everywhere that he had been knocked down by the huge fellow whom he had hired to puff the Harleian Library.

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  • One of the first acts of Motawakkil was the release of all those who had been imprisoned for refusing to admit the dogma of the created Koran, and the strict order to abstain from any litigation about the Book of God.

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  • When abbots dined in their own private hall, the rule of St Benedict charged them to invite their monks to their table, provided there was room, on which occasions the guests were to abstain from quarrels, slanderous talk and idle gossiping.

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  • All are required to abstain from tobacco and wine; the women used not to be allowed to wear gold or silver, or silk or brocade, but this rule is commonly broken now; and although neither celibacy nor retirement from the affairs of the world is either imperative or customary, unusual respect is shown to those who voluntarily submit themselves to ascetic discipline.

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  • Vegans abstain from eating or using any products derived from animals, including use of meat, leather, glue, eggs, dairy products, honey and gelatin.

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