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abeyance


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abeyance  \A*bey"ance\,  n.  [OF.  abeance  expectation,  longing;  a 
  (L.  ad)  +  baer,  beer,  to  gape,  to  look  with  open  mouth,  to 
  expect,  F.  bayer,  LL  badare  to  gape.] 
  1.  (Law)  Expectancy;  condition  of  being  undetermined. 
 
  Note:  When  there  is  no  person  in  existence  in  whom  an 
  inheritance  (or  a  dignity)  can  vest,  it  is  said  to  be 
  in  abeyance,  that  is  in  expectation;  the  law 
  considering  it  as  always  potentially  existing,  and 
  ready  to  vest  whenever  a  proper  owner  appears. 
  --Blackstone. 
 
  2.  Suspension;  temporary  suppression. 
 
  Keeping  the  sympathies  of  love  and  admiration  in  a 
  dormant  state,  or  state  of  abeyance.  --De  Quincey. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  abeyance 
  n  :  temporary  cessation  or  suspension  [syn:  {suspension}] 




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