Origin of abeyance
Examples from the Web for abeyance
The court will then hold the eleven felony allocutions in abeyance.
Don Joaquin was only asserting his dignity, that had lain a little in abeyance while he was listening to her explanations.Mariquita|John Ayscough
The first represents Blake in a rare mood, his mysticism in abeyance, and his temper one of aesthetic abandon.William Blake|Irene Langridge
For a number of years the great project was held in abeyance by a series of unforeseen events.Pilots of the Republic|Archer Butler Hulbert
The matter, however, was not suffered to fall altogether into abeyance.The English Church in the Eighteenth Century|Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
The narrative in Joshua implies that the custom was introduced by him, not that it had merely been in abeyance in the Wilderness.
British Dictionary definitions for abeyance
Word Origin for abeyance
Word Origin and History for abeyance
1520s, from Anglo-French abeiance "suspension," also "expectation (especially in a lawsuit)," from Old French abeance "aspiration, desire," noun of condition of abeer "aspire after, gape" from à "at" (see ad-) + ba(y)er "be open," from Latin *batare "to yawn, gape" (see abash).
Originally in French a legal term, "condition of a person in expectation or hope of receiving property;" it turned around in English law to mean "condition of property temporarily without an owner" (1650s). Root baer is also the source of English bay (n.2) "recessed space," as in "bay window."