Part of speech: noun

Suspense; inaction.

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Usage examples "abeyance":

  1. One result of this disorder is that the ancient athletic prestige is slipping away, or is so far in abeyance that it is again a question whether Harvard or Yale has- shall we say the worse team? - "An American at Oxford", John Corbin.
  2. Such being the state of affairs with him, that little episode with Clary being at an end,- or rather, as he thought, never having quite come to a beginning,- and his little arrangement as to Polly Neefit being in abeyance, he was free to amuse himself with this newcomer. - "Ralph the Heir", Anthony Trollope.
  3. Chelsea, 18 November, 1869. Long abeyance of correspondence. - "The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872, Vol II.", Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson.