What is the difference between Abstain and Refrain?




What is the difference between Abstain and Refrain? :


Abstain :

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1 ) To keep oneself from doing or enjoying something especially taking alcoholic drinks

He abstains from drinks and drugs.


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2 ) To Decline to use one’s vote

At the last election, I abstained from voting.



Refrain :

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1 ) To keep oneself from doing something

You should refrain from smoking.

I hope she will refrain from hostile action.











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