Abeyance is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand abeyance (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use abeyance in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of abeyance, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of abeyance, followed by 45 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - temporary cessation or suspension
EXAMPLES - Abeyance in a Sentence
- He ordered all other developmental work to be held in abeyance. (source)
- And they would rather hold that money in abeyance for next year. (source)
- P.D. D.nakaran's proposed elevation to the apex court in 'abeyance', (source)
- "The Guild council put it in abeyance, sir," said the patient swimmer. (source)
- But the government soon put the decree in "abeyance" after talking with the ISI. (source)
- George, keeping his panic in abeyance, gave him an update on his wife's condition. (source)
- 'In abeyance,' I said, and gave him a lightweight account of the trouble at the bothy. (source)
- As a result traditional parties and ceremonies connected to marriage have fallen into abeyance. (source)
- And the only thing worse than too much construction is that same construction in gaping abeyance. (source)
- But the government soon put the decree in "abeyance" after talking with the intelligence services. (source)
- Why did he meet with Bailey, the recipient of the 2nd contract, while the 1st contract was in abeyance? (source)
- The charge is being held in abeyance under the terms of an agreement between the State and Mr. Limbaugh. (source)
- Even if the rules are held in abeyance, the real-world affect would be to put the companies under a constant microscope. (source)
- It is most likely to be the case that all we have accomplished is to hold in abeyance the eventual pain involved with deleveraging. (source)
- It definitely feels that it cannot ignore Christ, is not capable of leaving Christ in abeyance and then otherwise leading a busy life. (source)
- The fee-simple was held to be in abeyance, that is, without an owner in the eyes of the law, but the freehold belonged to the incumbent. (source)
- This unnerving fictional moment, which I want you to hold in abeyance for a while, came to my mind recently -- in the context of TomDispatch. (source)
- With Equiano's masochistic strategies in abeyance, he shifts from object of abasement to subject of punishment, from bonded chattle to bondsman. (source)
- America, due to Bush/Cheney policy, has added torture to our standard operating procedure, even if it is now held in abeyance by the Obama administration. (source)
- 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. (source)
- Nearly all laws involving the ritual purity originating in the Bible and expanded upon in the rabbinic period were put in abeyance in the post-Temple period. (source)
- The two motions not dismissed, but rather held in "abeyance," dealt with the government's request to vacate "opinions and orders" issued by the judge on Jan. 15, (source)
- Yet, the world and the Yale community ought to be able to count on Yale College deans to respect freedom of expression enough to hold in abeyance any urge to censor. (source)
- The fourth Welsh diocese had been in abeyance for some seventy years, very few now living could remember when there had been a bishop on the throne of Saint Kentigern. (source)
- "If the socialistic spirit is to be held in abeyance in this country, businesses of this character (anthracite coal mining) must be handled with extraordinary caution." (source)
- And reminding him that he had not even overcome Ancar's coercions enough to allow him free reign to re-create that youth and renew the spells that had held age in abeyance. (source)
- In fact even the committed ones should put their decision in abeyance not because of popular vote or other but rather because Obama has not gone trough the procees of vetting. (source)
- To us freedom was the beginning of the new journey, the door to changes that had been held in abeyance, an opportunity to rid Indian society of hierarchy and social inequality. (source)
- New D.lhi, D.c. 18: The Supreme Court collegium will write to the government to keep Karnataka Chief Justice P.D. D.nakaran's proposed elevation to the apex court in "abeyance", (source)
- Why is it that Ambassador Wilson is the only one asking the hard questions -- questions that the Republican 527 machine is holding in abeyance until they can inflict maximum damage? (source)
- 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. (source)
- It has been my observation that evangelicals tend to hold race prejudice (not suggesting they all possess any) in abeyance for an individual who subscribes to the same religious beliefs. (source)
- True, the requirements are put in abeyance when circumstances dictate, as when a Moslem population in a non-Moslem society is small and weak and must avoid antagonizing the majority population. (source)
- As a result, Belbacha's lawyers have filed a motion with the Court of Appeals asking the judges "to hold this case in abeyance pending the Supreme Court's disposition of a petition for certiorari that the petitioners in Kiyemba intend to file." (source)
- The courts having binned "Britain's Guantanamo" on the grounds that it discriminated between British and foreign subjects (presumably that's why our immigration laws also seem to be in abeyance), we are now presented with house arrest without trial. (source)
- She considers contextualizing menstrual impurity within a framework of impurity centered on the Temple, when nearly all other forms of impurity are in abeyance, as a tactic to neutralize discrimination by emphasizing commonalities rather than distinctions. (source)
- And perhaps it was happening to us at an earlier age than in most families because of my long training in care of her, a training that had been in abeyance since she'd married Ivan, but which now resurfaced naturally and with redoubled force across her kitchen table. (source)
- 'Ivanhoe' I had known before, and the 'Bride of Lammermoor' and 'Woodstock', but the rest had remained in that sort of abeyance which is often the fate of books people expect to read as a matter of course, and come very near not reading at all, or read only very late. (source)
- Without fossil fuels, or some form of alternative energy that can be scaled up to the consumption level of fossil fuels, these non-adaptive social systems will collapse, and all the ferocity of tribal competitiveness, which they had been holding in abeyance, will appear. (source)
- (For the sake of this post, I'm defining "the holiday season for Jews" to mean Hanukkah, although as the lapsed-Orthodox child I am, I am holding in abeyance the argument that "the holiday season for Jews" is in fact the period between Rosh Hashana and Simhat Torah in the fall.) (source)
- When he was gone she tried to release herself from the kind of abeyance in which she seemed to have gone back and been as subject to him as in the first days when he had awed her and charmed her with his superiority at Middlemount, and he again older and freer as she had grown since. (source)
- But whatever they had discussed and contemplated in retaliation suddenly hung in abeyance when Turcaill, grinning and glowing with his astonishing embassage, walked in upon their counsels to announce: "My lords, here on the threshold is Owain Gwynedd in his own royal person, asking speech with you." (source)
- But she "put that panic in abeyance for a while," introduced herself to the community of contemporary Lincoln scholars ( "enormously welcoming"), and faced the simple fact that she "wanted to do Lincoln," which meant "wanting to live with this subject, wanting to go back into the past and learn about the nineteenth century, which I didn't know much about." (source)
- This principle goes back to the 1863 Lieber Code that says "private citizens are no longer (to be) carried off to distant parts," and the Hague Regulations state that "the practice of deporting persons was regarded at the beginning of (the 20th) century as having fallen into abeyance," stopping just short of prohibition but inferring that interning or expelling civilians falls below minimal civilized standards and are hence unacceptable and effectively illegal. (source)
- The slide began when less than a month after celebrating the seventh anniversary of his coup against elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, General Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan launched his own "second coup" on 3 November 2007, putting the constitution in "abeyance", dismissing the Supreme Court that was getting ready to rule against his candidacy for re-election, and muzzling the media that had helped foster the civil protests against his earlier attempt to dismiss the court. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 45 example sentences provided below is 47.0, which suggests that "abeyance" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 12 synonyms for abeyance.
discontinuation, dormancy, inactivity, intermission, latency, postponement, quiescence, recess, remission, suspension, temporarily deferred, waiting
We have 7 antonyms for abeyance.
action, activity, continuance, continuation, operation, renewal, revival
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of abeyance from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) Expectancy of a title, its right in existence but its exercise suspended.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) Expectancy; condition of being undetermined.
- (noun) Suspension; temporary suppression.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) In law, a state of expectation or contemplation.
- (noun) A state of suspended action or existence, or temporary inactivity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) temporary cessation or suspension