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Sunday, September 04, 2016

Definitions for abeyance

  1. temporary inactivity, cessation, or suspension: Let's hold that problem in abeyance for a while.
  2. Law. a state or condition of real property in which title is not as yet vested in a known titleholder: an estate in abeyance.

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Citations for abeyance
The mass does not act by reason. A mass is not even formed by reason. The more intense or extended the COLLECTIVE consciousness, the more does the truly reasonable, individual consciousness sink into abeyance. D. H. Lawrence, Kangaroo, 1923
I've always had a feeling that there is something unresolved in my life that has to be settled, a sense that in a way my life itself has been held in abeyance. Mary Higgins Clark, Nighttime Is My Time, 2004
Origin of abeyance
1520-1530
Abeyance stems from the Old French term abeance meaning "aspiration," or, literally, "a gaping at or toward." It entered English in the 1500s.