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abeyance (noun) the condition of being temporarily inactive (used as a part of the phrase, 'in abeyance').

It means to stop something, usually temporarily. A matter is in abeyance, kept in abeyance, or held in abeyance, it means that it has been suspended for the time being. If the construction of a dam is temporarily stopped, it is in abeyance.

  • Their initial interest in the matter is in abeyance, that is, they have stopped showing interest in the matter.
  • The imposition of the new tax has been held in abeyance, as the government wants some more time to study its consequences.
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