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a·bey·ance  (-bns)
1. The condition of being temporarily set aside; suspension: held the plan in abeyance.
2. Law A condition of undetermined ownership, as of an estate that has not yet been assigned.

[Anglo-Norman, variant of Old French abeance, desire, from abaer, to gape at : a-, at (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + baer, to gape; see bay2.]

a·beyant adj.

abeyance (əˈbeɪəns)
1. (usually preceded by: in or into) a state of being suspended or put aside temporarily
2. (Law) law (usually preceded by in) an indeterminate state of ownership, as when the person entitled to an estate has not been ascertained
[C16-17: from Anglo-French, from Old French abeance expectation, literally a gaping after, a reaching towards]
aˈbeyant adj
a•bey•ance (əˈbeɪ əns)

1. temporary inactivity, cessation, or suspension: to hold a question in abeyance.
2. Law. the state of property whose title has not been vested in a known titleholder: an estate in abeyance.
[1520–30; < Anglo-French; Old French abeance aspiration, literally, a gaping at or toward. See a-5, bay2, -ance]
a•bey′ant, adj.
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Noun1.abeyance - temporary cessation or suspensionabeyance - temporary cessation or suspension    
inaction, inactiveness, inactivity - the state of being inactive
cold storage - in a state of abeyance or postponement
deferral, recess - a state of abeyance or suspended business
moratorium - suspension of an ongoing activity
stand-down, standdown - a suspension and relaxation from an alert state or a state of readiness

in abeyance shelved, pending, on ice (informal), in cold storage (informal), hanging fire, suspended The matter was left in abeyance until the next meeting.
abeyance [əˈbeɪəns] N to be in abeyanceestar en desuso
to fall into abeyancecaer en desuso

abeyance [əˈbeɪəns] n
in abeyance [matter] → en suspens; [threat] → en suspens; [law] → en désuétude

n no pl to be in abeyance (law, rule, issue)ruhen; (custom, office)nicht mehr ausgeübt werden; to fall into abeyanceaußer Gebrauch kommen, nicht mehr wirksam sein; to hold/leave something in abeyanceetw ruhen lassen

abeyance [əˈbeɪəns] n (frm) to be in abeyance (law, custom) → essere in disuso; (matter, plan) → essere in sospeso

abeyance (əˈbeiəns) : in abeyance
left undecided usually for a short time. The matter was left in abeyance.

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Ivanhoe' I had known before, and the 'Bride of Lammermoor' and 'Woodstock', but the rest had remained in that sort of abeyance which is often the fate of books people expect to read as a matter of course, and come very near not reading at all, or read only very late.
Some minutes before midday the first driblets of metal began to flow; the reservoirs filled little by little; and, by the time that the whole melting was completely accomplished, it was kept in abeyance for a few minutes in order to facilitate the separation of foreign substances.
His natural inclination to blame, hitherto kept entirely in abeyance toward his father by the predisposition to think him always right, simply on the ground that he was Tom Tulliver's father, was turned into this new channel by his mother's plaints; and with his indignation against Wakem there began to mingle some indignation of another sort.
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