abstention doctrine

Definition of "abstention doctrine"
  1. A principle where a federal court chooses not to weigh in on a case appealed from a state court, particularly involving issues of state laws
How to use "abstention doctrine" in a sentence
  1. The federal court applied the abstention doctrine, leaving the case to the state courts to decide.
  2. Under the abstention doctrine, the federal court declined to hear a case involving a matter of state law.
  3. Due to the abstention doctrine, the state law issue was left to be decided by the state court.

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