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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]
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abeyance [əˈbeɪəns] n
in abeyance [matter] → en suspens; [threat] → en suspens; [law] → en dÃ©suÃ©tude
abeyance (əˈbeiəns) : in abeyance
abeyance [əˈbeɪəns] n (frm) to be in abeyance (law, custom) → essere in disuso; (matter, plan) → essere in sospeso
left undecided usually for a short time. The matter was left in abeyance. opskorting تَعْلِيقْ، مُعَلَّقْ изчакване em suspenso nerozhodnutý in der Schwebe stillet i bero (σε) εκκρεμότητα pendiente, en suspenso (ajutiselt) otsustamata تعلیق؛ بلاتکلیفی ratkaisun viipyminen en suspens לִהַשאִיר תָּלוּי וְעוֹמד क्षणिक विराम stanje neizvjesnosti függőben tertunda ófrágenginn in sospeso 未定 (일시적) 중지, 정지 nežinioje, neišspręsta neizšķirts; neatrisināts dibiarkan begitu saja opschorting i bero w zawieszeniu ځنډ em suspenso în suspensie временное прекращение nerozhodnutý odložen na pozneje neizvesnost anstånd, vila การระงับไว้ชั่วคราว askıda, kullanmama 暫停 стан непевності; в невідомості التواء، sự hoãn lại 未定 pendent, en suspens
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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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