abeyance [uh-bey-uh ns]
1. temporary inactivity, cessation, or suspension: Let's hold that problem in abeyance for a while.
2. Law. a state or condition of real property in which title is not as yet vested in a known titleholder: an estate in abeyance.
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1. remission, deferral.
Origin: 1520-30; < Anglo-French; Old French abeance aspiration, literally, a gaping at or toward. See a-, bay, -ance
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