The condition of being temporarily set aside; suspension: held the plan in abeyance. (noun)
Law A condition of undetermined ownership, as of an estate that has not yet been assigned.(noun)
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Use "abeyance" in a sentence
"It definitely feels that it cannot ignore Christ, is not capable of leaving Christ in abeyance and then otherwise leading a busy life."
"Futures is the award-winning science-fiction section of Nature, currently in abeyance in Nature itself but being published each month in Nature's monthly sister title, Nature Physics."
"But my impression of a suspended sentence is that it is held in abeyance unless the defendant completes a period of time without a further criminal offense."