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abeyance

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noun abey·ance \ə-ˈbā-ən(t)s\

Definition of abeyance

  1. 1 :  a lapse in succession during which there is no person in whom a title is vested

  2. 2 :  temporary inactivity :  suspension

abey·antplay \-ənt\ adjective


Examples of abeyance

  1. <our weekend plans were held in abeyance until we could get a weather forecast>



Origin of abeyance

Anglo-French, from Old French abaer to expect, await, literally, to gape, from a- + baer to gape, yawn — more at BAY


First Known Use: 1640


Medical Dictionary

abeyance

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noun abey·ance \ə-ˈbā-ən(t)s\

Medical Definition of abeyance

  1. :  temporary inactivity or suspension (as of function or a symptom)






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