abid·​ance | \ ə-ˈbī-dᵊn(t)s How to pronounce abidance (audio) \

Definition of abidance

1 : an act or state of abiding : continuance
2 : compliance abidance by the rules

Examples of abidance in a Sentence

the FDA requires strict abidance by food manufacturers of its definitions for certain terms used on product labels the reassuring abidance of their friendship through times both good and bad
Recent Examples on the Web Given the developing nature of the industry, brands should continually evaluate their technology to ensure continued compliance, future abidance by regulations and that their tools fit with their brand’s goals and mission. Jessica Billingsley, Rolling Stone, 29 Oct. 2021 For now, many are highlighting success in other countries, and the glimmers of hope emerging in places like Washington state, where new infections are still occurring, but not as rapidly as before, thanks to widespread abidance to distancing. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Mar. 2020 Unlike Samsung, South Korea’s largest chaebol, which has been mired in scandal, LG oozes reliability and law abidance. The Economist, 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of abidance

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for abidance

abide + -ance

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“Abidance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abidance. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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