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Definition of the noun abidance

What does abidance mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: abidances

  1. acting according to certain accepted standards
  2. the act of dwelling in a place
  3. the act of abiding (enduring without yielding)
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: continuance / continuation = the act of continuing an activity without interruption

Alternative definition of the noun abidance


  1. The act of abiding or continuing; abode; stay
  2. The state of abiding.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for abidance

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Google previewGay, Straight, and In-Between : The Sexology of Erotic Orientation (1988)

The Sexology of Erotic Orientation by John Money Professor of Medical Psychology and Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Abidance means continuing to remain, be sustained, or survive in the same condition or circumstances of living or dwelling. It is a noun formed from the verb, to abide (from the Anglo-Saxon root, bidan, to bide). There are three forms ...

Google previewTwo at a Time (2010)

Reflections and Revelations of a Kansas State University Presidency and the Years that Followed. by Duane C. Acker

NCAA, Conference, and university rule abidance is a key part of the task. As with coaches, the...

Google previewUnthiyar

by Robert Butler

niṭṭai – absorption, abidance is the Tamil form of Sanskrit niṣtha – firmness, steadiness. The word தன்மயம்தன்மயம்தன்மயம் ...

Google previewSin, Science, and the Sex Police (1998)

Essays on Sexology and Sexosophy by John Money

Abidance. Abidance means sustentation, or continuing to remain, be sustained, or survive in the same condition or circumstance of living or dwelling.

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

y acknowledge frankly avow acknowledge greeting bow, nod, wave acknowledgement abidance, accedence, admission, affirmation, ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Political, Social, and Military History [4 volumes] (2008)

A Political, Social, and Military History by Spencer C. Tucker, Priscilla Roberts

We also stress our abidance by the call of the PLO, the Palestinian people's legitimate and sole representative, and the need to pursue the bountiful offerings and the heroic uprising. For all these reasons, we address the following call: All ...

Google previewDictionary of Disaster Medicine and Humanitarian Relief (2012)

by S. William A. Gunn

abidance by therapeutic deontological precepts. Cf. empowerment, humanitarian medicine, ...

Google previewAn English Dictionary (1717)

Explaining the Difficult Terms ... by Elisha Coles

art abidance of Humours ...

Google previewKarl Marx Dictionary (2015)

by Morris Stockhammer

STORAGE The abidance of the commoditycapital as a commoditysupply in ...

Google previewA Critical Pronouncing Dictionary, and Expositor of the English Language ... (1807)

To which are Prefixed, Principles of English Pronunciation ... Likewise, Rules to be Observed by the Natives of Scotland, Ireland, and London, for Avoiding Their Respective Peculiarities; and Directions to Foreigners, for Acquiring a Knowledge of the Use of this Dictionary by John Walker

Abidance Mb'e-tAnse. s. Dwelling, abode. Habitant, Mb'e-tant. s. dweller, one that lives in any place. Habitation, Mb-e-ta'shun. s. The act of dwelling, the state of a place receiving dwellers; a place of abode, dwelling. Habitatoh, Mb'e-ta-tur. s.

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2010)

The Classic First Edition by H. W. Fowler, David Crystal

abidance), keepance (cf. observance). Another suffix that is not a living one, but is sometimes treated as if it was, is -al; & it will serve to illustrate a special point. Among recent regrettable ...

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Scrabble value of A1B3I1D2A1N1C3E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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