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Meaning of ABEYANCE

Pronunciation:  u'beyuns

WordNet Dictionary
[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
\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.

2. Suspension; temporary suppression.

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

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