Definition of abeyance in English:

abeyance

Line breaks: abey|ance
Pronunciation: /əˈbeɪəns
 
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noun

[mass noun]

Derivatives

abeyant

adjective
More example sentences
  • Where other, more vigorous incentives are abeyant they can be expected to assume increased prominence.
  • In 1986 Her Majesty agreed to comply with the advice proffered to her by the Lords regarding abeyant peerages.
  • All Basset titles became abeyant or extinct before publication of the series began.

Origin

late 16th century (in the legal sense): from Old French abeance 'aspiration to a title', from abeer 'aspire after', from a- 'towards' + beer 'to gape'.

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