1. temporary inactivity, cessation, or suspension: Let's hold that problem in abeyance for a while.
2. a state or condition of real property in which title is not as yet vested in a known titleholder: an estate in abeyance.
1520–30; < Anglo-French; Old French abeance aspiration, literally, a gaping at or toward.
World English Dictionary
— n (usually preceded by in or into )
1. a state of being suspended or put aside temporarily
2. ( usually preceded by in ) law an indeterminate state of ownership, as when the person entitled to an estate has not been ascertained