stay 1 vt stayed, stay·ing: to temporarily suspend or prevent by judicial or executive order
may not grant an injunction to stay proceedings in a state courtU.S. Code
stay 2 n: a temporary suspension or injunction of an action or process by a usu. discretionary judicial or executive order
a stay of execution of the judgment
stay of a lower court's judgment pending certiorari — W. J. Brennan, Jr. see also automatic stay compare cease-and-desist order at order 3b, mandamus, supersedeas

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

I noun abeyance, abeyancy, bar, cessation, check, curb, delay, desistance, discontinuance, halt, hindrance, interruption, mansio, obstacle, obstruction, prevention, reprieve, respite, restraint, stop, stoppage, suspension, wait associated concepts: judicial stay, stay of enforcement, stay of execution, stay of proceedings, stay pending appeal II (halt) verb arrest, bar, block, check, cohibere, constrain, curb, delay, demorari, desist, detain, deter, detinere, discontinue, forbid, foreclose, forestall, frustrate, hamper, hinder, hold, impede, intercept, interrupt, obstruct, obviate, preclude, prevent, prohibit, put an end to, quell, reprieve, respite, restrain, stem, stop, stymie, suppress, thwart associated concepts: permanent injunction, stay enforcement, stay of execution, stay order, stay proceedings, temporary injunction, temporary restraining order III (continue) verb endure, extend, keep on, last, persevere, persist, prolong, remain, subsist associated concepts: stay in occupancy IV (rest) verb await, be anchored, be dormant, be fixed, be immobile, be inert, be inmovable, be motionless, be riveted, be sedentary, be stationary, be transfixed, halt, lodge, park, pause, remain, repose, stand, stop, wait V index abeyance, adjournment, arrest (stop), balk, ban, bar (hinder), barrier, block, cease, cessation (interlude), clog, cloture, cohere (adhere), constrict (inhibit), continuance, continue (adjourn), curb, defer (put off), delay (noun), delay (verb), desist, detain (restrain), dwell (reside), encumbrance, endure (last), estop, exist, extension (postponement), forestall, halt (noun), halt (verb), impede, inhabit, inhabitation (act of dwelling in), keep (continue), keep (restrain), last, lodge (reside), lull, mainstay, obstruct, occupy (take possession), pause (noun), pause (verb), persevere, persist, postpone, preclude, prevent, prohibit, prohibition, remain (continue), remission, repress, reprieve, reside, resist (withstand), respite (interval of rest), rest (cease from action), restraint, stem (check), stop, subsist, suspend, toll (stop), uphold, withstand

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To stop; to put on hold.
A judicial order that puts some action on hold temporarily.

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

A court order that suspends or stops certain proceedings. (See also: automatic stay)
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

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

A stay imposes a halt on proceedings, apart from taking any steps allowed by the court rules or by the terms of the stay. Proceedings can be continued if a stay is lifted.
automatic stay, Also known as stay.
An injunction that immediately stops substantially all collection and enforcement actions by creditors against the debtor in a bankruptcy. It is effective automatically once the bankruptcy petition is filed. There are a number of exceptions, including certain criminal matters and domestic support obligations, which are not enjoined by the automatic stay as a matter of public policy. Matters arising after the filing of the petition are not stayed.
For further information, see Practice Note, Automatic Stay: Lenders' Perspective (

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

n. A judicial order forbidding or holding in abeyance some action until some particular event occurs, or until the court lifts the stay. A single justice of the United States Supreme Court has the power to stay an injunction's being enforced pending an appeal to the full Court.
@ stay of execution
A procedure to prevent the carrying out of a judgment for a specified period of time; in the case of death penalty, an order from a higher court or executive branch of a state to halt the execution, usually pending further appeals.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

The act of temporarily stopping a judicial proceeding through the order of a court.

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

The act of temporarily stopping a judicial proceeding through the order of a court.
II A court order halting a judicial proceeding.

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

   a court-ordered short-term delay in judicial proceedings to give a losing defendant time to arrange for payment of the judgment or move out of the premises in an unlawful detainer case.
   See also: stay of execution

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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