abstenir etymology

French word abstenir comes from Latin teneo, Latin abs

Detailed word origin of abstenir

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
teneo Latin (lat) (of laws) I am binding on; bind, hold, obligate. (reflexive) I keep back, remain, stay, hold position. I comprise, contain, include, hold. I hold fast, restrain, detain, check, control; bind, fetter. I hold, have; grasp. I insist, uphold. I know, grasp, understand, conceive. I possess, occupy, control. I reach, attain; gain, acquire, obtain. I recollect, retain knowledge of, remember, bear [...]
abs Latin (lat)
abstineo Latin (lat) (with non) I allow (Example: Se ita dicere non abstinuit. "He allowed himself to speak so/in that way."). I abstain.. I keep, stay off or away, hold at a distance, avoid.
abstenir Old French (fro) To abstain from; to not participate in.
abstenir French (fra) (pronominal) to abstain.

Words with the same origin as abstenir

Descendants of teneo
appartenir content continental continu continuer détenir détention entretenir lieutenant maintenir obtenir pertinent reine retenir rétention rétine soutenir soutien tenace tenant tenir tente ténacité ténor