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12/26/03 05:45 PM 12/26/03 05:45 PM
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Again, the etymology surprised me.
(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.]
1. (Law) 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. Blackstone.
2. Suspension; temporary suppression.
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