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abeyant (əˈbeɪənt) 

Definitions

adjective

  1. (law) in an indeterminate state of ownership

abeyance (əˈbeɪəns Pronunciation for abeyance

Definitions

noun

  1. usually preceded by in or into a state of being suspended or put aside temporarily
  2. (usually preceded by in) (law) an indeterminate state of ownership, as when the person entitled to an estate has not been ascertained

Derived Forms

aˈbeyant adjective

Word Origin

C16-17: from Anglo-French, from Old French abeance expectation, literally a gaping after, a reaching towards

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