pending

preposition
pend·​ing | \ ˈpen-diŋ How to pronounce pending (audio) \

Definition of pending

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

pending

adjective

Definition of pending (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for pending

Synonyms: Preposition

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

Synonyms: Adjective

open, undecided, undetermined, unresolved, unsettled

Antonyms: Adjective

decided, determined, resolved, settled

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Examples of pending in a Sentence

Preposition

He is being held in jail pending trial. She received a four-year sentence and is currently out on bail pending appeal.

Adjective

The results of the investigation are pending. There are lawsuits pending against the company.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Although a federal judge issued an injunction to keep the program alive pending higher court review, the young immigrants stand to lose their right to work, travel and attend school. Carolyn Lochhead, San Francisco Chronicle, "Trump’s immigration plan puts Democrats in a vise," 27 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Myres is out on $1 million bond and is out of custody pending sentencing scheduled for October. Evan Sernoffsky, SFChronicle.com, "Former San Francisco sheriff’s deputy convicted of fraud following romance with inmate," 27 June 2019 One possible scenario is that Republicans continue their boycott through the end of the legislative session on June 30, effectively killing the climate change bill along with all other pending bills. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Oregon Senate Republicans’ walkout over climate vote: the 8 things you need to know to understand the standoff," 24 June 2019 His pending rules that aim to curb drug prices have faced pushback from some of his own policy advisers, four people close to the discussions said. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Trump Mounts New Push on Health Care Ahead of 2020 Election," 21 June 2019 Apple agreed to settle all its pending lawsuits with Qualcomm and spent at least $4.5 billion to secure the chipmaker’s cooperation for the sake of the iPhone’s future. Sean Hollister, The Verge, "The 5G iPhone is coming in 2020, says this trusted analyst," 17 June 2019 The most significant pending shock is the likelihood that China is on the cusp of being a net importer of goods and services. Therese Shaheen, National Review, "China’s ‘New Long March’," 5 June 2019 Index heavyweight Tencent Holdings rose more than 4% after China cleared some of its pending game approvals following the end of a regulatory freeze. Corrie Driebusch, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks End the Week With Gains," 25 Jan. 2019 What’s more, banks may have less incentive to hold on to servicing rights because pending rules could force them to hold more capital as a result. Ben Eisen, WSJ, "The Hot Trade in the Housing Market: Servicing Your Mortgage," 13 Feb. 2019 The board has 1,200 pending recommendations that have not been acted on by agencies including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration. David Koenig, The Seattle Times, "Safety board highlights need for transportation improvements," 4 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of pending

Preposition

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pending

Preposition and Adjective

French pendant, from present participle of pendre

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The first known use of pending was in 1642

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pending

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of pending

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : while waiting for (something)

pending

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of pending (Entry 2 of 2)

formal
: not yet decided or acted on
: happening or likely to happen soon

pending

preposition
pend·​ing | \ ˈpen-diŋ How to pronounce pending (audio) \

Kids Definition of pending

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

pending

adjective

Kids Definition of pending (Entry 2 of 2)

: not yet decided The lawsuit is pending.

pending

preposition
pend·​ing | \ ˈpen-diŋ How to pronounce pending (audio) \

Legal Definition of pending

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

pending

adjective

Legal Definition of pending (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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