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[pen-duh n-see]
noun, plural pen·den·cies.
  1. the state or time of being pending, undecided, or undetermined, as of a lawsuit awaiting settlement.
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Origin of pendency

1630–40 pend(ent) + -ency
Related formsnon·pend·en·cy, noun
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Examples from the Web for pendency

Historical Examples

  • It is the pendency of that crisis which has prompted me to address you to-night.

    The Relations of the Federal Government to Slavery

    Joseph Ketchum Edgerton

  • What clearer proof could be given of the title to knot and pendency?

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 1 (of 3)

    Richard Doddridge Blackmore

  • During the pendency of the suit for divorce the husband is liable to provide his wife with maintenance or alimony.

  • The school had been undertaken as a temporary resource, during the pendency of the legal measures necessary to obtain his estates.

  • Second, She is exempted from personal restraint during the pendency of a divorce suit.

Word Origin and History for pendency


1630s, from pendent + -cy.

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