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abeyance ə-bā-əns ( n ) Middle French abeance expectation (of a title or claimant), from abaer to expect, from a-, prefix stressing result + baer to gape, aim at

1 :a lapse in the succession of property during which there is no person in whom title to the property is vested usu. used with in [the estate was in ⁓]

2 :temporary inactivity or suppression

:cessation or suspension for a period of time usu. used with in or into [to hold the entry of summary judgment in ⁓ J. H. Friedenthal et al.]

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