abeyance /əˈbeɪəns/

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I. noun [ mass noun]

1. a state of temporary disuse or suspension

matters were held in abeyance pending further enquiries.
2.
[Law] the position of being without, or of waiting for, an owner or claimant.
II. derivatives

abeyant
adjective


– origin late 16th cent. (in the legal sense): from Old French abeance ‘aspiration to a title’, from abeer ‘aspire after’, from a- ‘towards’ + beer ‘to gape’.

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