Meaning of “abeyance” in the English Dictionary

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"abeyance" in British English

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abeyancenoun [ U ]

uk /əˈbeɪ.əns/ us /əˈbeɪ.əns/ formal

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.

(Definition of “abeyance” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)