Abeyance Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Abeyance.

Abeyance (noun)

  1. A state of temporary suspension or uncertainty. In the context of law, abeyance often refers to a situation where the direct ownership or control of property, rights, titles, etc., is not clearly established. It is held in "abeyance" until the rightful owner or beneficiary can be determined or until a pending legal matter can be resolved.

  2. It originates from the old French term "abeance", which means gaping or open. In legal terms, this 'opening' refers to the gap or lingering uncertainty over who will assume full rights or ownership over a particular piece of property, title, or estate.