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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.]
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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"
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