Definition of abeyance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

abeyance

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//əˈbeɪəns//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbeɪəns//
 
[uncountable]
 
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Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the legal sense): from Old French abeance ‘aspiration to a title’, from abeer ‘aspire after’, from a- ‘towards’ + beer ‘to gape’.Idioms
in abeyance
 
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(formal) not being used, or being stopped for a period of time Legal proceedings are in abeyance, while further enquiries are made.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: abeyance