- Suspension; temporary suppression; dormant condition. [Mid 17th century]
- (law) Expectancy; condition of ownership of real property being undetermined; lapse in succession of ownership of estate, or title. [Late 16th century]
"The proceeds of the estate shall be held in abeyance in an escrow account until the minor reaches age twenty-one."
- (heraldry) Expectancy of a title, its right in existence but its exercise suspended.
"The broad pennant of a commodore first class has been in abeyance since 1958, together with the rank."