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[pen-ding] /ˈpɛn dɪŋ/
preposition
1.
while awaiting; until:
pending his return.
2.
in the period before the decision or conclusion of; during:
pending the negotiations.
adjective
3.
remaining undecided; awaiting decision or settlement; unfinished:
pending business; pending questions; pending litigation.
4.
about to take place; impending.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; pend + -ing2, on the model of French pendant (see pendent)
Related forms
nonpending, adjective
unpending, adjective
Can be confused
pending, impending.
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British Dictionary definitions for un pending

pending

/ˈpɛndɪŋ/
preposition
1.
while waiting for or anticipating
adjective (postpositive)
2.
not yet decided, confirmed, or finished: what are the matters pending?
3.
imminent: these developments have been pending for some time
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Word Origin and History for un pending

pending

prep.

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.

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