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1. The condition of being temporarily set aside; suspension: held the plan in abeyance.
2. Law A condition of undetermined ownership, as of an interest in an estate that has not yet vested.

[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·bey′ant adj.
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Adj.1.abeyant - inactive but capable of becoming active; "her feelings of affection are dormant but easily awakened"
inactive - not active physically or mentally; "illness forced him to live an inactive life"; "dreamy and inactive by nature"


Existing in a temporarily inactive form or state:
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And the filmmaker Michael Moore, always eager to play suck-up abroad, told one English audience in 2003 that the "dumbest Brit here is smarter than the smartest American" In other words, theirs is a nation of abeyant Evelyn Waughs.
In his letter officially endorsing the centenary, Vitelleschi adds a pregnant analogy that perhaps explains why so many imprese incorporate images of artisans: just as any abeyant art, through the provision of tools and workshop, will be restored to life, so the jubilee will occasion the renewal of vocation.