- while awaiting; until: pending his return.
- in the period before the decision or conclusion of; during: pending the negotiations.
- remaining undecided; awaiting decision or settlement; unfinished: pending business; pending questions; pending litigation.
- about to take place; impending.
Origin of pending
- while waiting for or anticipating
- not yet decided, confirmed, or finishedwhat are the matters pending?
- imminentthese developments have been pending for some time
1640s, "during, in the process of," preposition formed from root of French pendant "during," literally "hanging," present participle of pendere "to hang, to suspend" (see pendant). Meaning patterned on a secondary sense of Latin pendente "not decided," literally "hanging," in legal phrase pendente lite "while the suit is pending." Use of the present participle before nouns caused it to be regarded as a preposition. As an adjective from 1797.