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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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It is an irony that 3-year trade policy that was publicised for its ability to revolutionise export sector remains an abeyant document.
And the filmmaker Michael Moore, always eager to play suck-up abroad, told one English audience in 2003 that the "dumbest Brit here is smarter than the smartest American" In other words, theirs is a nation of abeyant Evelyn Waughs.
In his letter officially endorsing the centenary, Vitelleschi adds a pregnant analogy that perhaps explains why so many imprese incorporate images of artisans: just as any abeyant art, through the provision of tools and workshop, will be restored to life, so the jubilee will occasion the renewal of vocation.