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Abeyance (temporary suppression or suspension) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's absolutely essential words for the GRE, which includes 300 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

Definition of the noun abeyance

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noun - plural: abeyances

  1. temporary cessation or suspension

Alternative definition of the noun abeyance


  1. [legal] Expectancy; condition of being undetermined.
  2. Suspension; temporary suppression.
  3. [heraldry] Expectancy of a title, its right in existence but its exercise suspended.


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Abeyance is a state of expectancy in respect of property, titles or office, when the right to them is not vested in any one person, but awaits the appearance or determination of the true owner. In law, the term abeyance can only be applied to such future estates as have not yet vested or possibly may not vest. For example, an estate is granted to A for life, with remainder to the heir of B. During B's lifetime, the remainder is in abeyance, for until the death of B it is uncertain who is B's heir. Similarly the freehold of a benefice, on the death of the incumbent, is said to be in abeyance until the next incumbent takes possession.

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Google previewPolitical dictionary [articles repr. from the penny cyclopaedia, ed. by G. Long]. (1845)

by George Long

ABEYANCE is a legal term, derived from the French bayer, which, says Ri- chelet , means to " look at anything with...

Google previewPolitical Dictionary (1845)

Forming a Work of Universal Reference, Both Constitutional and Legal; and Embracing the Terms of Civil Administration, of Political Economy and Social Relations, and of All the More Important Statistical Departments of Finance and Commerce

ABEYANCE is a legal term, derived from the French bayer, which, says Richelet, means to “look at anything with...

Google previewWilliam Shakespeare (2001)

by Victor Hugo

To leave such a debt in abeyance is an attitude hardly compatible with national pride. It is a point of morality ...

Google previewSmall is Possible (2013)

Life in a Local Economy by Lyle Estill

From an energetic prospective, Abeyance is a colossal failure. There were no energy efficiency measures included in the covenants — as there should have been — and having each lot maintain its own well, its own septic system, and its own ...

Google previewOrigins (2006)

A Short Etymological Dictionary of Modern English by Eric Partridge

abeyance is an AF word deriving from MF-EF abeance, expectation, from MF-EF abeer: a (mod d), t0+baer, beer, to gape (at): cf AsAsi-l and esp BAY, v. Basic idea: hope deferred, pointless expectation.

Google previewA - Andes (1833)

ABEYANCE is a legal term derived from the French bayer, to expect.

Google previewA Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerages of England, Ireland and Scotland, Extinet, Dormant and in Abeyance. E. Ed (1846)

by John-Bernard Burke

Extinct Attainted Abeyance Forfeited Supposed to have fallen into Abeyance Extinct Extinct Abeyance Extinct Extinct Extinct. Dormant - - Extinct Titles.

Google previewThe Project Gutenberg Encyclopedia (101-)

by Project Gutenberg

ABEYANCE (O. Fr. abeance, “gaping”), a state of expectancy in respect of property, titles or office, when the right to them is not vested in any one person, but awaits the appearance or determination of the true owner. In law, the term abeyance ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Homelessness (2004)

by David Levinson

2———Abeyance Theory for that reason are subject to distinctive problems of demoralization. ABEYANCE AND THE PROBLEM OF HOMELESSNESS An abeyance perspective serves to reframe the problem of homelessness. History ...

Google previewBouvier's Law Dictionary and Concise Encyclopedia (1914)

by John Bouvier, Francis Rawle

ABEYANCE (Fr. abbaver, to expect). In expectation, remembrance, and contemplation of law; the condition of a freehold when there is no person in being in whom it is vested. In such cases the freehold has been said to be in •ubifttu (in the ...

Google previewA Law Dictionary and Glossary (1867)

Containing Full Definitions of the Prinicipal Terms of the Common and Civil Law, Together with Translations and Explanations of the Various Technical Phrases in Different Languages, Occurring in the Ancient and Modern Reports, and Standard Treatises; Embracing, Also, All the Principal Common and Civil Law Maxims. Compiled on the Basis of Spelman's Glossary, and Adapted to the Jurisprudence of the United States; with Copious Illustrations, Critical and Historical by Alexander Mansfield Burrill

ABEYANCE, Abeiance, Abbayame, Abbaiaunce. L. Fr. & Eng. [from Fr. buyer, or abbag/er, to expect, to wait for earnestly, to ape after, to bay at; L. Lat. abeyantia. In the law of estates. Expectation, waiting, suspense; remembrance and ...

Google previewThe Law-dictionary: Explaining the Rise, Progress and Present State of the British Law (1820)

Defining and Interpreting the Terms Or Words of Art, and Comrising Also Copious Information on the Subjects of Trade and Government by Thomas Edlyne Tomlins

ABEYANCE.' A BS presented, admitted, and inducted; for the patron hath not the fee, but only the right to present, the fee...

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The right things to do are those that keep our violence in abeyance the wrong things are those that bring it to the fore. (Robert J. Sawyer)
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Scrabble value of A1B3E1Y4A1N1C3E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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