12 ayes, 10 nays, and 8 abstentions.
1. An example of abstention is when a Congressman chooses not to vote on an issue.
2. An example of abstention is refraining from drinking alcohol.
Other Word Forms
Origin of abstention
- Late Latin abstentiō abstentiōn- from abstentus past participle of Latin abstinēre to hold back abstain
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition