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 Slobodan died during pendency of the trial, while Karadzic and Mladic were convicted in 2016 and 2017 and are currently serving long sentences. Ruti Teitel, CNN, 6 Apr. 2022 The charges were filed in 2018 and Porter argued the case’s pendency violated McDougall’s speedy trial rights. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 23 Nov. 2021 He was ultimately placed on house arrest during the pendency of the murder case, with several conditions including submitting to GPS monitoring., 10 Aug. 2021 The statement said Lieutenant James Falvey will serve as acting chief during the pendency of the review. Globe Staff,, 9 Feb. 2021 Kavanaugh has written at length about that, even during the pendency of this lawsuit. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 14 Oct. 2020 Judge Schulman belittled the argument that the pendency of the measure warranted suspending the lawsuit. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, 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, 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,, 27 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of pendency

1637, in the meaning defined above

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“Pendency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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