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English definition of “abeyance”

abeyance

noun [U] uk   /əˈbeɪ.əns/ formal us  
a state of not happening or being used at present: Hostilities between the two groups have been in abeyance since last June. The project is being held in abeyance until agreement is reached on funding it.Pauses and interludes
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