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v. avoid; refrain from

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Abstention is a term in election procedure for when a participant in a vote either does not go to vote (on election day) or, in parliamentary procedure, is present during the vote, but does not cast a ballot. Abstention must be contrasted with "blank vote", in which a voter casts a ballot willfully made invalid by marking it wrongly or by not marking anything at all. A "blank (or white) voter" has voted, although his vote may be considered a spoilt vote, depending on each legislation, while an abstaining voter hasn't voted. Both forms (abstention and blank vote) may or may not, depending on the circumstances, be considered to be a protest vote (also known as a "blank vote" or "white vote").

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1. refrain from voting
(hypernym) refrain, forbear
2. choose no to consume; "I abstain from alcohol"
(synonym) refrain, desist
(antonym) consume, ingest, take in, take, have
(hyponym) fast
(derivation) abstinence, abstention

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v. abstinovat; zdržet se

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Czas. wstrzymywać się; powstrzymywać się (od czegoś)

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