NounAbeyance (plural Abeyances)
- (law) Expectancy; condition of being undetermined.
- The proceeds of the estate shall be held in abeyance in an escrow account until the minor reaches age twenty-one.
- Note: When there is no person in existence in whom an inheritance (or a dignity) can vest, it is said to be in abeyance, that is, in expectation; the law considering it as always potentially existing, and ready to vest whenever a proper owner appears. Blackstone
- Suspension; temporary suppression.
- He kept his temper in abeyance for several moments, when he found out what she had done.
- Keeping the sympathies of love and admiration in a dormant state, or state of abeyance. -De Quincey
- (heraldry) Expectancy of a title, its right in existence but its exercise suspended.
- The broad pennant of a commodore first class has been in abeyance since 1958, together with the rank.
Synonyms for Abeyance
Antonyms for Abeyance
abandonment; abjuration; abjurement; apathy; break; caesura; catalepsy; catatonia; cease-fire; cessation; cold storage; day off; deadliness; deathliness; desistance; discontinuance; doldrums; dormancy; drop; entropy; forbearance; hesitation; holiday; indifference; indolence; inertia; inertness; interim; interlude; intermezzo; intermission; intermittence; interruption; interval; languor; lapse; latency; layoff; letup; lotus-eating; lull; nonexercise; passiveness; passivity; pause; quiescence; quiescency; recess; relinquishment; remission; renouncement; renunciation; resignation; respite; rest; stagnancy; stagnation; stand-down; stasis; stay; suspense; suspension; torpor; truce; vacation; vegetation; vis inertiae; waiver
- (Version: Pre-Anniversary): a - b - e - n - left s