A*bey"ance (#), n. [OF. abeance expectation, longing; a (L. ad) + baer, beer, to gape, to look with open mouth, to expect, F. bayer, LL. badare to gape.]
Expectancy; condition of being undetermined.
⇒ When there is no person in existence in whom an inheritance (or a dignity) can vest, it is said to be in abeyance, that is, in expectation; the law considering it as always potentially existing, and ready to vest whenever a proper owner appears.
Suspension; temporary suppression.
Keeping the sympathies of love and admiration in a dormant state, or state of abeyance.
© Webster 1913.