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(Law) n. Expectancy; condition of being undetermined. A state of temporary inactivity. Suspense, expectation. An estate is said to be in abeyance, that is, in expectation, where there is no person existing in whom it can be vested; the law considering it as always existing, and ready to vest when a proper owner appears. A lapse in succession during which no person is vested with title. 


- Property. In every land there is a fee simple in somebody, or else it is in abeyance', that is, though for the present it be in no man, yet it is in expectancy belonging to him that is next to enjoy the land.


When there is no person in existence in whom an inheritance (or a dignity) can vest, it is said to be in abeyance, that is, in expectation; the law considering it as always potentially existing, and ready to vest whenever a proper owner appears. Suspension; temporary suppression. The status of an estate in land in which there is no person in whom the freehold is vested. An estate in fee is in abeyance where there is no person in esse in whom it may vest ...

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