He said he learned from his captors a week ago about the pending release but worried a last-minute hitch might wreck the deal.
With all of this said, same-sex marriages in Virginia are still on hold: Wright Allen has stayed the ruling, pending appeal.
They pressed to know whether any such investigation was pending.
1640s, "during, in the process of," preposition formed from root of French pendant "during," literally "hanging," present participle of pendere "to hang, to suspend" (see pendant). Meaning patterned on a secondary sense of Latin pendente "not decided," literally "hanging," in legal phrase pendente lite "while the suit is pending." Use of the present participle before nouns caused it to be regarded as a preposition. As an adjective from 1797.