abeyance

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abeyance

Law an indeterminate state of ownership, as when the person entitled to an estate has not been ascertained
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The beginning of November found its date still in abeyance, though he asked her at the most tempting times.
Jaggers being highly dictatorial, and Wemmick obstinately justifying himself whenever there was the smallest point in abeyance for a moment.
John, meanwhile, sat collapsed, his chin sunk upon his chest, his mind in abeyance.