Synonyms of abstention in English:

abstention


See definition of abstention

noun

1‘the election was marked by a high rate of abstention’

SYNONYMS
refusal to vote, abstaining, non-voting
informal sitting on the fence

2‘the rights and wrongs of alcohol consumption versus abstention’

SYNONYMS
teetotalism, temperance, sobriety, abstemiousness, abstinence
rare nephalism

3‘continence is the wilful abstention from sexual relations’

SYNONYMS
celibacy, chastity, singleness, continence, virginity, abstinence, self-restraint, self-denial, bachelorhood, spinsterhood
ANTONYMS

promiscuity

4‘the fast was not only a spiritual period of abstention from food and drink’

SYNONYMS
refraining, desisting, holding back, forbearing, keeping, withholding, abstinence
renunciation of, refusal of, declining, avoidance of, eschewal of, abjuration of
shunning, forgoing, going without, doing without