abidance

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English abiden, from Old English ābīdan (wait),[1] from ā + bīdan (to bide, remain)[2][3] + ance.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈbaɪd.n̩s/, /əˈbaɪd.n̩ts/

Noun[edit]

abidance (plural abidances)

  1. The act of abiding or continuing; abode; stay; continuance; dwelling. [Early 17th century.][5]
  2. Adherence; compliance; conformity. [Early 19th century.][5]
    • 1840, Thomas Fuller, The history of the holy war[1], page 262:
      No wonder then, though the Christians had no longer abidance in the holy hill of Palestine (though this I confess, is but the bark of the text), driving that trade wherewith none ever thrived, the breaking of promises; wherewith one may for a way fairly spread his train, but he will moult his feathers soon after.
    • 1862, Sir Arthur Helps, Organization in daily life: an essay[2], page 78:
      A judicious abidance by rules, and holding to the results of experience, are good; but not less so, are a judicious setting aside of rules, and a declining to be bound by incomplete experience.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christine A. Lindberg (editor), The Oxford College Dictionary, 2nd edition (Spark Publishing, 2007 [2002], ISBN 978-1-4114-0500-4), page 2
  2. ^ William Morris (editor), The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (1971 [1969]; American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc.; ISBN 0-395-09066-0), page 3
  3. ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 [1909], ISBN 0-87779-101-5), page 3
  4. ^ Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 [1998], ISBN 0550142304), page 3
  5. 5.0 5.1 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 4