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noun abey·ance \ə-ˈbā-ən(t)s\

Definition of ABEYANCE

:  a lapse in succession during which there is no person in whom a title is vested
:  temporary inactivity :  suspension
abey·ant \-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

Other Legal Terms

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Medical Dictionary


noun abey·ance \ə-ˈbā-ən(t)s\

Medical Definition of ABEYANCE

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


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