What does abeyance mean?

Definitions for abeyance
əˈbeɪ ənsabeyance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abeyance, suspension(noun)

    temporary cessation or suspension


  1. abeyance(Noun)

    Expectancy; condition of being undetermined; undetermined ownership; lapse in succession of ownership of estate, or title.

  2. abeyance(Noun)

    Suspension; temporary suppression.

  3. abeyance(Noun)

    Expectancy of a title, its right in existence but its exercise suspended.

    The broad pennant of a commodore first class has been in abeyance since 1958, together with the rank.

  4. Origin: * First attested in 1528.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abeyance(noun)

    expectancy; condition of being undetermined

  2. Abeyance(noun)

    suspension; temporary suppression

  3. Origin: [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. Abeyance

    Abeyance is a state of expectancy in respect of property, titles or office, when the right to them is not vested in any one person, but awaits the appearance or determination of the true owner. In law, the term abeyance can only be applied to such future estates as have not yet vested or possibly may not vest. For example, an estate is granted to A for life, with remainder to the heir of B. During B's lifetime, the remainder is in abeyance, for until the death of B it is uncertain who is B's heir. Similarly the freehold of a benefice, on the death of the incumbent, is said to be in abeyance until the next incumbent takes possession.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Abeyance

    a-bā′ans, n. a state of suspension or expectation: temporary inactivity—also Abey′ancy.—The v. to Abey is rare. [Fr.—à (—L. ad, to), and bayer, to gape in expectation, from imitative root ba, to gape.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abeyance in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abeyance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of abeyance in a Sentence

  1. John Boehner:

    That bill is going to sit in abeyance until we can come to some resolution on this.

  2. Alexis Tsipras:

    We have a historic responsibility that this deal is not held in abeyance, and I am confident that we will manage it.

  3. Robert J. Sawyer:

    The right things to do are those that keep our violence in abeyance the wrong things are those that bring it to the fore.

  4. Robert J. Sawyer, "Calculating God", 2000:

    The right things to do are those that keep our violence in abeyance; the wrong things are those that bring it to the fore.

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Translations for abeyance

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • abeyanceArabic
  • изчакване, временно бездействие, суспендиранеBulgarian
  • Schwebezustand, UnentschiedenheitGerman
  • suspensión, suspenso, expectativa, desuso, esperanzaSpanish
  • تعلیقPersian
  • jäädytys, lepääminen, lykättynä, lepäämässä, lykkäys, jäädytettynäFinnish
  • en suspens, suspension, vacance, vacantFrench
  • fionraíIrish
  • दुविधाHindi
  • opschorting, uitstel, onbeslistheid, onzekerheidDutch
  • uavklart, utsettelseNorwegian
  • vagatura, pendência, suspensão, vacatura, vacânciaPortuguese
  • приостановление, [[состояние]] [[неопределённостьRussian
  • trädaSwedish
  • தற்காலிகமாக நிறுத்தி வைத்தல்Tamil
  • నిలుపుదలTelugu
  • آستگتUrdu

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