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abeyance (əˈbeɪəns Pronunciation for abeyance or abeyancy (əˈbeɪənsɪ) 

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

Example Sentences Including 'abeyance'

Like the younger nurse, she was much given to smiling: like her, the smile was in temporary abeyance.
Maclean, Alistair San Andreas
Then she sat back for she was feeling unaccountably weak though the pain still remained in abeyance.
Brent-Dyer, Elinor Challenge for the Chalet School

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