abeyance

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a·bey·ance

(ă-bā'ants),
A state of temporary cessation of function.
[fr. O. Fr.]

abeyance

(ă-bā′ăns) [Fr. abeance, expectation]
A temporary suspension of activity, sensation, or pain.

a·bey·ance

(ă-bā'ăns)
A state of temporary cessation of function.
[fr. O. Fr.]
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While these affairs were in abeyance, our visit to Mr.
Borrowing from Richard Foley, he has presented an evocative assessment of the role, the manner and the character of Canadian constitutional abeyances. In Foley's lexicon, abeyances are "a set of implicit agreements to collude in keeping fundamental questions of political authority in a state of irresolution .
First, almost by necessity, talk of "constitutional abeyances" engages one in a presentist exercise.