Definition of "abstention"
  1. A discretionary decision by a federal court to refrain from deciding a case that involves a matter of state law or policy, preferring it to be resolved by a state court or agency
How to use "abstention" in a sentence
  1. The judge decided for an abstention, allowing the state court to determine issues regarding their local policy.
  2. If the legal issue depends heavily on the interpretation of state law, the doctrine of abstention might be used in the federal court.
  3. Faced with a complex matter of state policy, the federal court chose abstention, leaving the decision to the state court.

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