Noun Abeyance Definition and Examples







A state of temporary disuse or suspension.
  1. 'We may be living through an era of prosperity and calm in which politics has gone into abeyance - and when a real crisis comes along politics will return in a new form we cannot imagine.'
  2. 'The poetry press I had run for about twenty years was in abeyance but submissions continued to arrive and one day I got this.'
  3. 'The issue of whether or not paranormal beliefs can be verified by scientific, empirical research methods is held in abeyance as a secondary concern.'
  4. 'Only your penitent suffering gives us leverage to keep those forces in abeyance.'
  5. 'Organizational rules sometimes fall into abeyance.'
  6. 'This meant escalation of the pain that had been held in abeyance.'
  7. 'The spokesman confirmed that there was an outstanding planning appeal which at present was held in abeyance.'
  8. 'Although repeated again and again this pledge has fallen into abeyance in the post-colonial era.'
  9. 'As I read on, my doubts, if never resolved, were held in abeyance.'
  10. 'As to whether Nancy Cornelius was America's first Native American trained nurse, a definitive answer remains in abeyance.'
  11. 'All property rights in the property to which the order relates lie in abeyance.'
  12. 'Counsel agreed to hold these actions in abeyance until the question of entitlement is determined by this court.'
  13. 'However, there were times when East himself was publisher as well as printer, in particular during the periods when the patent was in abeyance.'
((n.) Expectancy; condition of being undetermined.|--|(n.) Suspension; temporary suppression.|--|)


1. temporary inactivity, cessation, or suspension: Let's hold that problem in abeyance for a while.

2. Law. a state or condition of real property in which title is not as yet vested in a known titleholder: an estate in abeyance.


"abeyances can be since defeats."
"arrests can have abeyances."
"abeyances can be in places."
"abeyances can be in orders."
"abeyances can be during arrivals."
"abeyances can be because of electricities."
"abeyances can be at moments."

Late 16th century (in the legal sense): from Old French abeance ‘aspiration to a title’, from abeer ‘aspire after’, from a- ‘towards’ + beer ‘to gape’.

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