abeyance abeyance  /ə ˈbeɪ əns/


  • (n) temporary cessation or suspension


  1. The official said that all plans to set up a nuclear plant has been held in abeyance till all safeguards are put in place.
  2. The troop withdrawal has been held in abeyance till the local militia gives a commitment of laying down its arms.
  3. The project was brought on track after being held in abeyance for more than five years.


  • Utah State: Linebacker Jake Doughty could face more legal troubles

    Utah State linebacker Jake Doughty will avoid jail time on charges he bought alcohol for two underage women. But because the Aggies defensive standout was already on probation at the time of his arrest in the alcohol case, his legal troubles may not be over. Doughty, 21, entered a plea in abeyance last month for allegedly buying alcohol for two underage drinkers during a boating trip in southern ...
    on July 16, 2013     Source: The Salt Lake Tribune


  1. ​"Today's decision clears up any lingering ambiguities related to the constitutionality of Missouri's death penalty protocols," Koster said today in a statement. "Legal hurdles have held the imposition of justice in Missouri in abeyance for...
    on Jun 28, 2010 By: Chris Koster Source: Pitch Weekly (blog)

  2. Ninety per cent of the Australian population was included already, Rudd said: "I'm not prepared to place the rest of the roll-out in abeyance," he said.
    on Apr 20, 2010 By: Kevin Rudd Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  3. "The potential for stem cells has been held in abeyance much too long," Specter said.
    on Jul 12, 2005 By: Arlen Specter Source: FOXNews

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untenable untenable
/ən ˈtɛ nə bəl /