Abeyance (noun)

  1. A state of temporary inactivity or suspension.
  2. A state of being temporarily set aside or not pursued.


From the old french word "abeyance" meaning "expectation" or "suspension", the word was first used in the 14th century in english.


  1. The project is in abeyance until further funding is secured.
  2. The decision was held in abeyance until all the facts could be gathered.
  3. The position was left in abeyance until a suitable candidate could be found.
  4. The company"s future was in abeyance after the CEO"s resignation.
  5. The matter was put in abeyance until the next meeting.
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