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pending

preposition pend·ing \ ˈpen-diŋ \

Definition of pending

1 : during
  • their opportunity to develop trade pending the laborious and fruitless negotiations
  • —Theodore Hsi-En Chen
2 : while awaiting
  • pending approval
  • were held in custody pending trial

Examples of pending in a Sentence

  1. He is being held in jail pending trial.

  2. She received a four-year sentence and is currently out on bail pending appeal.

Origin and Etymology of pending

French pendant, from present participle of pendre

pending Synonyms

Synonyms
amid (or amidst), by, over, during, through, throughout

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pending

adjective

Definition of pending

1 : not yet decided : being in continuance
  • the case is still pending

Examples of pending in a Sentence

  1. The results of the investigation are pending.

  2. There are lawsuits pending against the company.

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Origin and Etymology of pending

pending Synonyms


PENDING Defined for English Language Learners

pending

preposition

Definition of pending for English Language Learners

  • : while waiting for (something)


pending

adjective

Definition of pending for English Language Learners

  • : not yet decided or acted on

  • : happening or likely to happen soon


PENDING Defined for Kids

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pending

preposition pend·ing \ ˈpen-diŋ \

Definition of pending for Students

: while waiting for
  • He's in jail pending a trial.

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pending

adjective

Definition of pending for Students

: not yet decided
  • The lawsuit is pending.

Law Dictionary

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pending

preposition pend·ing \ ˈpen-diŋ \

legal Definition of pending

1 : during the time of
2 : while awaiting : in the time preceding
  • held in escrow pending the outcome of the suit
  • free pending trial

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pending

adjective

legal Definition of pending

1 : not yet decided
  • a pending suit
2 : to occur or be realized soon


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