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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bey-uh nt]
    • /əˈbeɪ ənt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bey-uh nt]
    • /əˈbeɪ ənt/

Definitions of abeyant word

  • adjective abeyant temporarily inactive, stopped, or suspended. 1
  • noun abeyant Being in a state of abeyance. (Mid 19th century.). 1

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Origin of abeyant

First appearance:

before 1865
One of the 28% newest English words
First recorded in 1865-70; abey(ance) + -ant

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Parts of speech for Abeyant


abeyant popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 65% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

abeyant usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abeyant

adj abeyant

  • dormant — lying asleep or as if asleep; inactive, as in sleep; torpid: The lecturer's sudden shout woke the dormant audience.
  • inactive — not active: an inactive volcano.
  • inoperative — not operative; not in operation.
  • quiescent — being at rest; quiet; still; inactive or motionless: a quiescent mind.
  • sleeping — the state of a person, animal, or plant that sleeps.

adjective abeyant

  • latent — present but not visible, apparent, or actualized; existing as potential: latent ability.
  • delayed — of or relating to a particle, as a neutron or alpha particle, that is emitted from an excited nucleus formed in a nuclear reaction, the emission occurring some time after the reaction is completed.

Antonyms for abeyant

adjective abeyant

  • hard-working — industrious; zealous: a hardworking family man.
  • in play — a dramatic composition or piece; drama.
  • active — Someone who is active moves around a lot or does a lot of things.
  • at work — If someone is at work they are doing their job or are busy doing a particular activity.
  • on the move — to pass from one place or position to another.

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