In legal terms an abeyance is defined as a situation in which the legitimate owner of a property is not yet known.(noun)
An example of abeyance is when a homeowner dies without leaving the house to anyone and his kids start to fight over it.
The definition of abeyance is a temporary stop to something or a pause.(noun)
An example of abeyance is when construction has to stop because of rain but is scheduled to resume once it gets sunny again.
See abeyance in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Anglo-Fr abeiance < OFr abeance, expectation < a-, to, at + bayer, to gape, wait expectantly: see bay
See abeyance in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: , variant of Old French abeance, desire
Origin: , from abaer, to gape at
Origin: : a-, at (from Latin ad-; see ad-)
Origin: + baer, to gape; see bay2.
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