n. suspended action; temporary cessation or suspension
The deal was held in abeyance until her arrival.
Sentence in Classic:
Jaggers being highly dictatorial, and Wemmick obstinately justifying himself whenever there was the smallest point in abeyance for a moment.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens Context
For causes such as these, the measure remained in abeyance down to the time of the Gracchi; but being by them revived, finally overthrew the liberty of Rome.
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius By Niccolo Machiavelli Context
Tonight the drug seemed to work more slowly than usual: each passionate pulse had to be stilled in turn, and it was long before she felt them dropping into abeyance, like sentinels falling asleep at their posts.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton Context
His defences were all in his wits and cunning, his very instincts of cunning, and when these were in abeyance he seemed doubly naked and like a child, of unfinished, tender flesh, and somehow struggling helplessly.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence Context