Abeyance


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Abeyance

1. A situation in which a property's current or future owner is unknown, with the expectation of the true owner presenting himself/herself. For example, if one's will states that one's property shall go to one's youngest nephew at the time of one's death, the property is in abeyance because it is unknown whether the youngest nephew now will still be the youngest nephew when the will is executed.

2. A situation in which a law ceases to be in effect, with the expectation that it will become effective again. For example, in the immediate aftermath of a coup, a country's constitution may be said to be in abeyance.
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Article 6 in its first section states: "Any person who abrogates or subverts or suspends or holds in abeyance, or attempts or conspires to abrogate or subvert or suspend or hold in abeyance, the constitution by use of force or show of force or by any other unconstitutional means shall be guilty of high treason.
Commissioners voted in October to suspend the bar's license for five days, with the penalty held in abeyance for six months.
He said: "Although the excellent people down in London have taken it as far as they can, we in Liverpool, who originally instigated the project, are not in abeyance at all.
LEFT-back Paul Boertien remains part of Walsall's plans despite the summer's squad-building work remaining in abeyance for the short term while the club seeks a new manager.
We have requested permission from the TA to erect a sign at the Drill Hall, but this is still in abeyance.
I asked if we could put in abeyance our schedule for fundraising, pending the outcome of the new agreement with the government," she said.
A hard-hitting anthology that stresses the importance of keeping a skeptical mind and holding trust in abeyance unless thoroughly earned.
A tribal army organized by the assembly is already carrying out house to house searches and demolishing the houses of people supporting the foreigners talking shelter in parts of South Waziristan bordering Afghanistan, but a full military sweep is still being held in abeyance.
After long abeyance, the ideological pot unsurprisingly heated up in the 18th century, the supposed 'Age of Reason'; several exchanges in Boswell's Life of Johnson bear good witness.
The European Commission has filed a legal action with the European Court of Justice, formally challenging the finance ministers' decision to hold in abeyance the Commission's November 2003 recommendation that excessive deficit procedures be imposed on France and Germany.
Other regulations now in abeyance include some affecting programs for the disabled and others affecting new home construction.
But the State Department says: "We have heard back today from the Iranians that given the current situation in Bam and all that is going on there now, it would be preferable to hold such a visit in abeyance.