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Sunday, November 04, 2001

Definitions for abeyance

  1. Suspension; temporary cessation.

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Citations for abeyance
He was nineteen years old, and officially a medical student, though inevitably his studies were in abeyance for the duration of the war. Ruth Brandon, Surreal Lives: The Surrealists 1917-1945
Her plans fell into abeyance when she parted from Franz Josef and traveled for five years. Rebecca West, The Atlantic
Origin of abeyance
1520-1530
Abeyance derives from Medieval French abeance, "expectation," from abeer, from a-, "to" (from Latin ad-) + baer, beer, "to gape (at)," from Late Latin batare, "to gape."