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  • v. Present participle of refrain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The singing of the burden of a song.


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  • Congress could have reasonably concluded that federal inmates who suffer from a mental illness that causes them to “have serious difficulty in refraining from sexually violent conduct,” would pose an especially high danger to the public if released.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Federal Government Has the Power to Civilly Commit Sexually Violent Predators After Federal Incarceration

  • The basic idea of the fast, and of fasting in general (at least as I understand it) is to practice self-denial, develop discipline, and exercise an ability of which only humans, of all animals, are capable -- refraining from a desired good.

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  • At a different level of development, the interest in avoiding these harms might be much greater relative to the cost of refraining from the behaviors that impose them, and we might say that there is such a duty and right.

    Health Care, Vegetarians, and Contextual Rights

  • Abstinence merely means refraining from something, like refraining from snacks during Lent; refraining is not the same thing as practicing virtue, and abstinence is not the same thing as chastity, a much better word.

    Snuffles Gives a Lecture

  • Some other things our family values are: dressing respectfully, speaking respectfully, forgiveness for wrongs (not throwing past mistakes in your face), refraining from the worldly practice of "dating."

    Archive 2005-09-01

  • I admired Galloway for refraining from the many scathing remarks he could have rightly tossed back at Rose, but unlike many of our officials, he is not a cavalier bully.

    Archive 2005-05-15

  • In the letter, she emphasised the need for discipline and for refraining from the use of force on either side, and demanded the release of political prisoners. 6

    The Nobel Peace Prize 1991 - Presentation Speech

  • Our Prime Minister, speaking the other day in the capital of France, while wisely refraining from a similar comment, cited it as an example of how international difficulties could be composed without recourse to arms.

    The Old Romance in Canada

  • This young man, being ignorant of painting, limited himself to explaining the subjects as best he could, and I had difficulty in refraining from laughter when, before a picture representing Psyche, being unable to pronounce the name, he gave me the information, "That is Fiché."

    Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun

  • Nano bestowed upon her, in refraining from using, through the long empty years, his privilege as a sonless Hindu.

    Love and Life Behind the Purdah


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  • Most people who hear me sing consider it a burden :-(

    August 4, 2010

  • "The singing of the burden of a song."

    - The Century Dictionary

    August 4, 2010