pen·​den·​cy | \ ˈpen-dən(t)-sē How to pronounce pendency (audio) \

Definition of pendency

: the state of being pending the pendency of the litigation

Examples of pendency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kavanaugh has written at length about that, even during the pendency of this lawsuit. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "How Amy Coney Barrett Could Affect the Future of the Affordable Care Act," 14 Oct. 2020 Judge Schulman belittled the argument that the pendency of the measure warranted suspending the lawsuit. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Uber and Lyft face “day of reckoning”," 31 Aug. 2020 Senator Burr contacted me this morning to inform me of his decision to step aside as Chairman of the Intelligence Committee during the pendency of the investigation. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Burr steps down as intelligence chairman during FBI probe into stock sales," 15 May 2020 During the pendency of this assessment, the City should retain any materials related to the Proposal, the RFP, and the City’s resolution of Blue Duck’s protest. Greg Jefferson,, "What Blue Duck blunder says about San Antonio’s tech scene: It’s still thin on mentors and startup expertise," 27 Sep. 2019 This action is not to be construed as a determination that a violation of law did not occur, just as the pendency of an investigation should not be construed as a determination that a violation has occurred. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Canada Goose disputes claim its ethical sourcing was false advertising," 2 Aug. 2019 But the president's executive order remains in play, and is fully enforceable during the pendency of these trials. Fox News, "Gov. Rauner: I'm concerned about a tariff war," 27 June 2018 The [pardon] power … extends to every offense known to the law, and may be exercised at any time after its commission, either before legal proceedings are taken, or during their pendency, or after conviction and judgment. Andy Wright, Slate Magazine, "Can the President Get the Vice President to Pardon Him?," 21 July 2017 The company generally expects to conduct normal business operations during the pendency of its restructuring. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "Gander Mountain files for bankruptcy; 3 Minnesota stores closing," 10 Mar. 2017

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1637, in the meaning defined above

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“Pendency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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pen·​den·​cy | \ ˈpen-dən-sē How to pronounce pendency (audio) \

Legal Definition of pendency

: the quality, state, or period of being pendent the pendency of the contract renewal

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