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abstention

An abstention is an instance of abstaining from something, especially, but not exclusively, a vote. Good grief! You know, sometimes I wonder why dictionaries bother. Why don’t they just say something like, “abstention: see abstain and if you can’t figure it out from there then you are so ignorant that you are beyond help from […]

abstain

To abstain means to intentionally refrain from doing something—including, but not exclusively, voting—when you have a right to do so. Let me say this about that. I believe that, as Churchill said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” Democracy is […]