pending

[ pen-ding ]
/ ˈpɛn dɪŋ /

preposition

while awaiting; until: pending his return.
in the period before the decision or conclusion of; during: pending the negotiations.

adjective

remaining undecided; awaiting decision or settlement; unfinished: pending business; pending questions; pending litigation.
about to take place; impending.

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Origin of pending

1635–45; pend + -ing2, on the model of French pendant (see pendent)

OTHER WORDS FROM pending

non·pend·ing, adjectiveun·pend·ing, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pending

pending , impending
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British Dictionary definitions for pending

pending
/ (ˈpɛndɪŋ) /

preposition

while waiting for or anticipating

adjective (postpositive)

not yet decided, confirmed, or finishedwhat are the matters pending?
imminentthese developments have been pending for some time
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