An example of abeyance is when construction has to stop because of rain but is scheduled to resume once it gets sunny again.
Held the plan in abeyance.
An example of abeyance is when a homeowner dies without leaving the house to anyone and his kids start to fight over it.
The broad pennant of a commodore first class has been in abeyance since 1958, together with the rank.
Origin of abeyance
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- First attested in 1528. From Anglo-Norman abeiance (“legal expectation”), from Old French abeance (“desire”) from abeër (“to gape at, aspire after”), abaer, abair (“to desire”), from á (“to”) + baër (“gape”), bair (“yawn”), from Medieval Latin batare (“to yawn”).