Part of speech:
(Countable nouns, like "bottle," "piece," and "decision," are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about "a bottle," "three pieces," and "many decisions."
Likewise, talk about one abeyance or multiple abeyances, but we usually say "in abeyance" and not "an abeyance.")
When something is in abeyance, it's temporarily stopped. Something held in abeyance is, for a while, not active. You put things in abeyance when you need to wait for a while or hold onto them for a while.
How to use it:
Talk about something being in abeyance, being held in abeyance, put in abeyance, kept in abeyance, dropped into abeyance, sinking into abeyance, and so on. Something can be left in abeyance or remain in abeyance, or something can emerge from abeyance.
So what is it that typically is in abeyance? Only figurative things, not literal things: a disease, a feeling, a desire, a mood, a law, a matter, a discussion, a theory, a project, etc. You often see "abeyance" in a legal context, but we'll focus on general usage.
Several home improvement projects went into abeyance as the family planned their vacation.
An exhilarating book, movie, or song can inspire you to rescue your dreams from abeyance.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "abeyance" means when you can explain it without saying "temporary" or "paused."
Think of the last time you had to delay something or put something off for a while, and fill in the blanks: "I let the matter/problem/question/issue of _____ slip into abeyance because _____."
Example: "I let the issue of the wild and unkempt yard slip into abeyance because there were so many other things to take care of inside the new house."
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A Point Well Made:
William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White: "The shape of our language is not rigid; in questions of usage we have no lawgiver whose word is final."
1. The opposite of ABEYANCE is
2. It's awkward when you don't know if your friendship is _____ or simply in abeyance.
A. heading toward romance
B. totally over
C. based mainly on online interactions
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