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Saturday, January 24, 2004

Definitions for abeyance

  1. Suspension; temporary cessation.

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Citations for abeyance
He was nineteen years old, and officially a medical student, though inevitably his studies were in abeyance for the duration of the war. Ruth Brandon, Surreal Lives: The Surrealists 1917-1945
Her plans fell into abeyance when she parted from Franz Josef and traveled for five years. Rebecca West, The Atlantic
Origin of abeyance
Abeyance derives from Medieval French abeance, "expectation," from abeer, from a-, "to" (from Latin ad-) + baer, beer, "to gape (at)," from Late Latin batare, "to gape."