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Meaning of ABEYANCE

Pronunciation:  u'beyuns

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  temporary cessation or suspension
 

ABEYANCE is a 8 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: suspension
 
 See Also: deferral, inaction, inactiveness, inactivity, moratorium, recess

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\A*bey"ance\, n. [OF. abeance expectation, longing; a
(L. ad) + baer, beer, to gape, to look with open mouth, to
expect, F. bayer, LL. badare to gape.]
1. (Law) Expectancy; condition of being undetermined.

Note: When there is no person in existence in whom an
      inheritance (or a dignity) can vest, it is said to be
      in abeyance, that is, in expectation; the law
      considering it as always potentially existing, and
      ready to vest whenever a proper owner appears.
      --Blackstone.

2. Suspension; temporary suppression.

         Keeping the sympathies of love and admiration in a
         dormant state, or state of abeyance.  --De Quincey.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: abandonment, abjuration, abjurement, apathy, break, caesura, catalepsy, catatonia, cease-fire, cessation, cold storage, day off, deadliness, deathliness, desistance, discontinuance, doldrums, dormancy, drop, entropy, forbearance, hesitation, holiday, indifference, indolence, inertia, inertness, interim, interlude, intermezzo, intermission, intermittence, interruption, interval, languor, lapse, latency, layoff, letup, lotus-eating, lull, nonexercise, passiveness, passivity, pause, quiescence, quiescency, recess, relinquishment, remission, renouncement, renunciation, resignation, respite, rest, stagnancy, stagnation, stand-down, stasis, stay, suspense, suspension, torpor, truce, vacation, vegetation, vis inertiae, waiver
 

 

 

 

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