English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
First attested in 1528. From
Anglo-Norman abeiance ( “ legal expectation ” ), from Old French abeance ( “ desire ” ) from abeër ( “ to gape at, aspire after ” ), , abaer abair ( “ to desire ” ), from a ( “ to ” ) + baër ( “ to gape ” ),  bair ( “ yawn ” ), from Medieval Latin batō ( “ to yawn ” )  .
Pronunciation [ edit ]
abeyance ( , countable and uncountable plural )
( law ) Expectancy; condition of ownership of real property being undetermined; lapse in succession of ownership of estate, or title. [Late 16 th century]
The proceeds of the estate shall be held in abeyance in an escrow account until the minor reaches age twenty-one.
1765, William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England: Yet sometimes the fee may be in , that is (as the word signifies) in expectation, remembrance, and contemplation in law; there being no person in abeyance esse, in whom it can vest and abide [… ] 1985, John Bartholomew & Son Limited, “Antarctica”, in The Times Atlas of the World, Seventh Comprehensive Edition edition, Times Books Limited, , plate 123: →ISBN Note: Under the Antarctic Treaty of 1959 all territorial claims are held under abeyance in the interest of international co-operation for scientific purposes.
Suspension; temporary suppression; dormant condition. [Mid 17 th century]
 2003, Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything, BCA, published 2003, page 376: Without a plausible explanation for what might have provoked an ice age, the whole theory fell into abeyance. ( 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.
Translations [ edit ]
expectancy; condition of being undetermined
suspension; temporary suppression
heraldry: expectancy of a title
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References [ edit ]
^ “abeyance” in William Morris, editor,
, New York, N.Y.: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language American Heritage Publishing Co., 1971 , , page 3. →OCLC
^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor),
Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 , →ISBN), page 3
^ Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors),
Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 , →ISBN), page 2
↑ 4.0 4.1 “abeyance” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors,
, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles Oxford University Press, 2002, , page 4. →ISBN