- In legal terms an abeyance is defined as a situation in which the legitimate owner of a property is not yet known.
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.
An example of abeyance is when construction has to stop because of rain but is scheduled to resume once it gets sunny again.
abeyance definition by Webster's New World
- temporary suspension, as of an activity or function
- Law a state of not having been determined or settled, as of lands the present ownership of which has not been established
Origin: Anglo-French abeiance ; from Old French abeance, expectation ; from a-, to, at plush bayer, to gape, wait expectantly: see bay
abeyance definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The condition of being temporarily set aside; suspension: held the plan in abeyance.
- Law A condition of undetermined ownership, as of an estate that has not yet been assigned.
Origin: Anglo-Norman, variant of Old French abeance, desire, from abaer, to gape at : a-, at (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + baer, to gape; see bay2.
- a·beyˈant adjective
abeyance - Investment & Finance Definition
- A suspension of the title to real estate while the rightful ownership is being discovered.
- Temporarily setting aside, such as holding a plan in abeyance.
abeyance - Legal Definition
- An indefinite or temporary state of inactivity or suspension.
- An incomplete or undetermined state of existence.
- The status of real property or of a position or title when its ownership or occupancy is not vested in any existing person or party.