from The Century Dictionary.

  • Characterized by abstention.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Characterized by abstinence; self-restraining.

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  • adjective Characterized by abstinence; self-restraint.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective self-restraining; not indulging an appetite especially for food or drink


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From abstention +‎ -ous


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  • The Bloc remain an opposition party in the new parliament, just as the abstentious Liberals have been an opposition party in the last parliament.

    When really stupid Blogging Tories blog. CC 2008

  • Why do I keep fretting that President Obama's wonderful "housing plan" -- which news reports say could cost "around" 75 billion -- will end up forcing abstentious, responsible people to, in effect, buy homes for irresponsible dimwits with poor impulse control who bought way more house than they could pay for? he assured us last Tuesday night that "it's a plan that won't help speculators or that neighbor down the street who bought a house he could never hope to afford."

    Telegraph Blogs 2009


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