American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The condition of being temporarily set aside; suspension: held the plan in abeyance.
- n. Law A condition of undetermined ownership, as of an estate that has not yet been assigned.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law, a state of expectation or contemplation. Thus, the fee simple or inheritance of lands and tenements is in abeyance when there is no person in being in whom it can vest, so that it is in a state of expectancy or waiting until a proper person shall appear. So also where one man holds land for life, with remainder to the heirs of another, and the latter is yet alive, the remainder is in abeyance, since no man can have an heir until his death. Titles of honor and dignities are said to be in abeyance when it is uncertain who shall enjoy them. Thus, in English law, when a nobleman holding a dignity descendible to his heirs general dies leaving daughters, the king by his prerogative may grant the dignity to any one of the daughters he pleases, or to the male issue of one of such daughters. While the title to the dignity is thus in suspension it is said to be in abeyance.
- n. A state of suspended action or existence, or temporary inactivity.
- n. heraldry Expectancy of a title, its right in existence but its exercise suspended.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Law) Expectancy; condition of being undetermined.
- n. Suspension; temporary suppression.
- n. temporary cessation or suspension
- Anglo-Norman, variant of Old French abeance, desire, from abaer, to gape at : a-, at (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + baer, to gape; see bay2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It definitely feels that it cannot ignore Christ, is not capable of leaving Christ in abeyance and then otherwise leading a busy life.”
“Futures is the award-winning science-fiction section of Nature, currently in abeyance in Nature itself but being published each month in Nature's monthly sister title, Nature Physics.”
“But my impression of a suspended sentence is that it is held in abeyance unless the defendant completes a period of time without a further criminal offense.”
“And they would rather hold that money in abeyance for next year.”
“Without fossil fuels, or some form of alternative energy that can be scaled up to the consumption level of fossil fuels, these non-adaptive social systems will collapse, and all the ferocity of tribal competitiveness, which they had been holding in abeyance, will appear.”
“If the socialistic spirit is to be held in abeyance in this country, businesses of this character (anthracite coal mining) must be handled with extraordinary caution.”
“In fact even the committed ones should put their decision in abeyance not because of popular vote or other but rather because Obama has not gone trough the procees of vetting.”
“Today, with radical feminism a movement in abeyance, we are rapidly losing familiarity with the far-reaching perspective and bold imagination that might have cleared away the legacy, in order that we might invent a genuinely new way in which men and women might live together. 77”
“The charge is being held in abeyance under the terms of an agreement between the State and Mr. Limbaugh.”
“With Equiano's masochistic strategies in abeyance, he shifts from object of abasement to subject of punishment, from bonded chattle to bondsman.”
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A list of words that are odd or words that I have looked up.
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aardvark 49 hits
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abjure 138 hits
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