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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 Ri- chelet , means to " look at anything with...

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 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 previewA - Andes (1833)

ABEYANCE is a logo. term derived from the French buyer ...

Google previewThe Penny Cyclopædia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (1833)

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

Google previewA general and heraldic dictionary of the peerages of England, Ireland, and Scotland, extinct, dormant, and in abeyance. England (1831)

by John Burke

Abeyance Beauchamp, V. . Seymour • • ' • 1536 1552 Forfeited Beauchamp, ...

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

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

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 General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerages of England, Ireland, and Scotland, Extinct, Dormant, and in Abeyance

by John Burke

Burgh 14117 -— Abeyance Conveyqi by an heireal to Burghmh, B. Burghhuah 1” law ...

Google previewA Compendious Law Dictionary ... New edition, revised, corrected, and enlarged to the present time [by T. H. Horne]. (1813)

by Thomas POTTS (of Chiswick.)

ABEYANCE, is that which is in expectation, remembrance, and intendment of law . By a principle of law, in every land there is a fee simple in somebody, or it is in abeyance; that is, though at present it be in no man, yet it is in expectancy, ...

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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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