• WordNet 3.6
    • n abeyance temporary cessation or suspension
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Abeyance (Law) Expectancy; condition of being undetermined.
    • Abeyance Suspension; temporary suppression. "Keeping the sympathies of love and admiration in a dormant state, or state of abeyance ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n abeyance 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 abeyance A state of suspended action or existence, or temporary inactivity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Abeyance a-bā′ans a state of suspension or expectation: temporary inactivity—also Abey′ancy
    • Abeyance The v. to Abey is rare
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. abeance, expectation, longing; a,L. ad,) + baer, beer, to gape, to look with open mouth, to expect, F. bayer, LL. badare, to gape


In literature:

While the issue of peace and war was pending, domestic legislation inevitably remained in abeyance.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
The better instincts of her nature necessarily remain in abeyance.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous
Whatever of morality had been instinct in the girl now seemed to be in absolute abeyance.
"Athalie" by Robert W. Chambers
My dear little grey lady, even your affairs must remain in abeyance for the present.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
With an effort he still put the scheme from his thoughts; but, while he kept it in abeyance, nothing further occurred to him.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
If luck were with her, the loafers might be in temporary abeyance and the refugee tents not unduly prominent.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
This was in the rainy season, when all farming operations are in abeyance.
"Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak" by Harriette McDougall
"Memoirs of the Court and Cabinets of George the Third, Volume 2 (of 2)" by The Duke of Buckingham
But hitherto other duties had seemed more pressing, and the plan was still in abeyance.
"The Doomsman" by Van Tassel Sutphen
Mind this: the matter must be properly heard by-and-by, but let it remain in abeyance.
"The Kopje Garrison" by George Manville Fenn

In poetry:

The noble sire fallen on evil days,
I saw with hand uplifted, menacing, brandishing,
(Memories of old in abeyance, love and faith in abeyance,)
The insane knife toward the Mother of All.
"Virginia--The West" by Walt Whitman
Thinks Abey, t' owd codger 'll niver smoke t' trick,
I'll swop wi' him my poor deead horse for his wick,
An' if Tommy I nobbut can happen to trap,
'T will be a fine feather i' Abraham cap!
"The Yorkshire Horse Dealers" by Anonymous British
Abey preached a lang time about summat to boot,
Insistin' that his were the liveliest brute;
But Tommy stuck fast where he first had begun,
Till Abey shook hands, an' said, Well, Tommy I done!
"The Yorkshire Horse Dealers" by Anonymous British
Well! yan Abey Muggins, a neighborin cheat,
Thowt to diddle owd Tommy wad be a girt treat;
He'd a horse, too, 't were war than owd Tommy's, ye see,
For t' neet afore that he'd thowt proper to dee !
"The Yorkshire Horse Dealers" by Anonymous British
"O! Tommy," said Abey, "I's sorry for thee,
I thowt thou'd hae hadden mair white i' thy ee;
Good luck's wi' thy bargain, for my horse is deead."
"Hey!" says Tommy, "my lad, so is mine, an' it's fleead!"
"The Yorkshire Horse Dealers" by Anonymous British

In news:

The Borger City Council has granted an abeyance on allowing motor home and recreational vehicles in residential areas.
An abeyance is temporary inactivity, cessation, or suspension.
Our plans to go for a bike ride were in abeyance until the weather cleared up.
Exit of Republicans Cantor, Kyl leaves negotiations 'in abeyance.'.
Abey Belette Girma, 37, is wanted on a capital murder warrant accusing him of killing Yayehyirad "Yared" Lemma, 40.
Abey Girma (Dallas County Sheriff 's Department) It's been three months since 40-year-old Yayehyirad "Yared" Lemma and 31-year-old Yenenesh "Yenni" Desta were shot to death in front of their Lower Greenville home.

In science:

Acknowledgment. I thank Anumodh Abey for comments on an earlier draft.
Gales Suffice for Constructive Dimension
Acknowledgment. I thank Jack Lutz for extremely helpful discussions and tremendous amount of time he spent helping me doing research. I thank John Hitchcock for very helpful comments and early access to . I also thank Satyadev Nandakumar, Anumodh Abey and Fengming Wang for their help in improving the presentation.
A note on dimensions of polynomial size circuits