Translation of abstention in Spanish:


abstención, n.

Pronunciation /əbˈstɛn(t)ʃ(ə)n/ /əbˈstɛnʃ(ə)n/


  • 1

    (refusal to vote)
    abstención feminine
    • A motion passed overwhelmingly with no votes against and two abstentions was proposed jointly by Labour and the Conservatives.
    • A show of hands resulted in 11 people voting to bring back the bells, with one vote against and six abstentions.
    • This time the vote was 120 to 98, with six abstentions.
    • Following several hours of debates, a council vote to accept the plan was passed by 29 in favour with four votes against and 20 abstentions.
    • The resolution was backed by 22 of the 35 members of the IAEA's governing board, with 12 abstentions and one vote against.
    • The amendment was approved with 65 votes for, 13 votes against and 22 abstentions.
    • According to Stankushev the ratio between the number of votes and abstentions showed the ratio between fear and conscience.
    • There were seven abstentions and just four voted in favour of the plan.
    • Since the vote was held in secret, it is impossible to say from which part of the government camp the 51 ‘no’ votes and abstentions came.
    • There were two abstentions and one invalid vote.
    • Therefore, of 300 total seats, only 75 votes or abstentions would be required to block constitutional reform.
    • They could not make up their minds, so they voted eight abstentions.
    • The growing tide of abstentions and protest votes for the extreme right and the extreme left are other signs of disarray and dismay.
    • The US will therefore be able to find a majority of positive votes with a few abstentions.
    • Four of those six abstentions were members of the Latino Caucus, including its chairman, Marco Antonio Firebaugh.
    • The rebellion, small on the scale of recent backbench protests and partly because of Labour reluctance to back a Liberal Democrat motion, masked considerable Labour abstentions.
    • The senate vote recorded 25 in favour 16 opposed and 10 abstentions.
    • Voters in the cities, like Harare and Bulawayo, voted No by three to one, whilst in the rural heartlands that were expected to vote Yes there were widespread abstentions.
    • Indeed, this pattern of fierce and prolonged debate, followed by a vote with a large number of abstentions, was a remarkable feature of debates in the ISG.
    • The lopsided vote for Libya, including all those cowardly European abstentions, speaks volumes about the UN's character.
  • 2formal

    abstinencia feminine
    abstention from sth/-ing abstinencia de algo/+ inf
    • But again, this would only be true if Crusoe's saving - i.e. his abstention from possible present consumption - had been channeled into investment in such tools.
    • The disquieting voices of the few people who doubted that complete abstention was achievable for most problematic consumers were drowned out in a sea of treatment optimism.
    • Existing treatments for alcoholism tend to concentrate either on abstention - sometimes aided by drugs - or the use of aversion therapy, such as drugs that make you ill if you drink.
    • They started by studying men and women at all levels of drinking from abstention to those in detox for full-blown alcohol problems.
    • Fasting or abstention from sex is a cakewalk compared to it.