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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-bey-uh ns]
    • /əˈbeɪ əns/
    • /əˈbeɪ.əns/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bey-uh ns]
    • /əˈbeɪ əns/

Definitions of abeyance word

  • noun abeyance a state of being suspended or put aside temporarily 3
  • noun abeyance an indeterminate state of ownership, as when the person entitled to an estate has not been ascertained 3
  • noun abeyance temporary suspension, as of an activity or function 3
  • noun abeyance a state of not having been determined or settled, as of lands the present ownership of which has not been established 3
  • noun abeyance temporary inactivity, cessation, or suspension: Let's hold that problem in abeyance for a while. 1
  • noun abeyance Law. a state or condition of real property in which title is not as yet vested in a known titleholder: an estate in abeyance. 1

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Origin of abeyance

First appearance:

before 1520
One of the 28% oldest English words
1520-30; < Anglo-French; Old French abeance aspiration, literally, a gaping at or toward. See a-5, bay2, -ance

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Parts of speech for Abeyance


abeyance popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 83% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for abeyance

noun abeyance

  • inactivity — not active: an inactive volcano.
  • dormancy — the state of being dormant.
  • recess — temporary withdrawal or cessation from the usual work or activity.
  • remission — the act of remitting.
  • latency — the state of being latent.

Antonyms for abeyance

noun abeyance

  • continuation — The continuation of something is the fact that it continues, rather than stopping.
  • continuance — The continuance of something is its continuation.
  • renewal — the act of renewing.
  • revival — restoration to life, consciousness, vigor, strength, etc.
  • action — Action is doing something for a particular purpose.

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