What does the word abeyance mean?

Usage examples for 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 by John Corbin
  2. Chelsea, 18 November, 1869. Long abeyance of correspondence. – The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872, Vol II. by Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson