abeyance
abey·ance /ə-'bā-əns/ n [Middle French abeance expectation (of a title or claimant), from abaer to expect, from a -, prefix stressing result + baer to gape, aim at]
1: a lapse in the succession of property during which there is no person in whom title to the property is vested
— usu. used with in
the estate was in abeyance
2: temporary inactivity or suppression: cessation or suspension for a period of time
— usu. used with in or into
to hold the entry of summary judgment in abeyance — J. H. Friedenthal et al.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

abeyance
I noun arrest, cessation, check, deadlock, delay, desistance, discontinuance, discontinuation, dormancy, halt, immobility, in dubio esse, inaction, inactivity, inertion, inertness, interim, interlude, intermission, intermitti, interregnum, interruption, interval, lapse, quiescency, recess, recumbency, rem integram relinquere, repose, reprieve, respite, rest, stalemate, stay, stillness, stoppage, suspension associated concepts: contingency, escrow, fee held in abeyance, held in abeyance, in expectation II index cessation (interlude), check (bar), cloture, desuetude, discontinuance (act of discontinuing), extension (postponement), halt, hiatus, inaction, interruption, interval, moratorium, nonuse, pause, pendency, respite (interval of rest), stay

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


abeyance
n.
A state of temporary disuse or suspension; an unsettled state; the condition of an estate in fee or freehold during a lapse in succession with no current titleholder or owner.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


abeyance
suspended. When there is no person in whom an estate can vest (vesting), it is said to be in abeyance. Often used of titles.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


abeyance
A condition in which there is no clear legal owner to real estate. For example, after a property owner dies, it may take a while to determine who the new legal owner of the real estate is.
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


abeyance
n.
1 An indefinite or temporary state of inactivity or suspension.
2 An incomplete or undetermined state of existence.
3 The status of real property or of a position or title when its ownership or occupancy is not vested in any existing person or party.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


abeyance
A lapse in succession during which there is no person in whom title is vested. In the law of estates, the condition of a freehold when there is no person in whom it is vested. In such cases the freehold has been said to be in nubibus (in the clouds), in pendenti (in suspension); and in gremio legis (in the bosom of the law). Where there is a tenant of the freehold, the remainder or reversion in fee may exist for a time without any particular owner, in which case it is said to be in abeyance. A condition of being undetermined or in state of suspension or inactivity. In regard to sales to third parties of property acquired by county at tax sale, being held in abeyance means that certain rights or conditions are in expectancy.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


abeyance
A lapse in succession during which there is no person in whom title is vested. In the law of estates, the condition of a freehold when there is no person in whom it is vested. In such cases the freehold has been said to be in nubibus (in the clouds), in pendenti (in suspension); and in gremio legis (in the bosom of the law). Where there is a tenant of the freehold, the remainder or reversion in fee may exist for a time without any particular owner, in which case it is said to be in abeyance. A condition of being undetermined or in state of suspension or inactivity. In regard to sales to third parties of property acquired by county at tax sale, being held in abeyance means that certain rights or conditions are in expectancy.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

abeyance
   1) n. when the owner- ship of property has not been determined. Examples include title to real property in the estate of a person who has died and there is no obvious party to receive title or there appears to be no legal owner of the property, a shipwreck while it is being determined who has the right to salvage the ship and its cargo, or a bankrupt person's property before the bankruptcy court has decided what property is available to creditors or alleged heirs.
   2) legal jargon for "undetermined."

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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