Abeyance Definition

ə-bāəns
noun
Temporary suspension, as of an activity or function.
Webster's New World
A state of not having been determined or settled, as of lands the present ownership of which has not been established.
Webster's New World
An indefinite or temporary state of inactivity or suspension.
Webster's New World Law
An incomplete or undetermined state of existence.
Webster's New World Law
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.
Webster's New World Law
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Other Word Forms of Abeyance

Noun

Singular:
abeyance
Plural:
abeyances

Origin of Abeyance

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Anglo-Norman variant of Old French abeance desire from abaer to gape at a- at (from Latin ad- ad–) baer to gape bay2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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