pending

preposition
pend·​ing | \ˈpen-diŋ \

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

If not, what about those on nonimmigrant visas with pending applications for green cards or citizenship? Dara Lind, Vox, "Birthright citizenship, explained: why some on the right want to end it, and what they get wrong," 23 July 2018 Whether Jones’ exit has ties to the pending results of the federal inspection — which wrapped up May 25 — is unclear. Walker Orenstein, The Seattle Times, "Interim chief to leave Western State Hospital as $53M federal funding decision lies ahead," 10 June 2018 The pending rules would affect women with testosterone levels of five nanomoles per liter and above. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "Did Flawed Data Lead Track Astray on Testosterone in Women?," 12 July 2018 Other provisions would guarantee election audits and reinstate straight-ticket voting, which Republican lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder banned in 2016 but has continued during a pending legal challenge. David Eggert, Detroit Free Press, "Group submits signatures for ballot measure to expand voting in Michigan," 9 July 2018 Hancock declined to speak to investigators without a lawyer present and was being held at the Denver County jail without bond pending charges. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Uber Driver Shot and Killed Passenger in Denver, Police Say," 2 June 2018 Court records indicate Hogan told police that Buskey was worried about a pending court matter and didn’t want to go to jail. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "19-year-old man charged with aiding suicide in N.H. case," 31 May 2018 Previously, most families were allowed to remain intact pending resolution of their case. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "Detained immigrant children bring scrutiny to Trump’s border policy," 31 May 2018 Pederson said Bennett’s absence is not related to his pending legal matter in Texas. Zach Berman, Philly.com, "Michael Bennett, Darren Sproles absent from Eagles' voluntary OTAs," 22 May 2018

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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

French pendant, from present participle of pendre

Adjective

see pending entry 1

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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)

: while waiting for (something)

pending

adjective

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

: not yet decided or acted on

: happening or likely to happen soon

pending

preposition
pend·​ing | \ˈpen-diŋ \

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 \

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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