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Definition a temporary stop or suspension
  • His mind floated in abeyance, coming back always to that horrible bottle.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • I'm giving you time, And until morning I'll hold in abeyance The execution of this conveyance.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • Not until then, still numbed and with his powers of reason almost in abeyance, did he remember his camera.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • That was the great and the terrible moment which for long had been in abeyance.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • But in a very short time, all these efforts at communal legislation fell into abeyance.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Sometimes I wasn't sure whether she could add the next word, her throat kept so many other sounds back, in abeyance.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Under such circumstances Mr. Raffles's pleasure in annoying his company was kept in abeyance.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Tom's severity gave her a certain fund of defiance, and kept her sense of error in abeyance.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • You have put many things in abeyance to win a war.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Even Old Jacob had to admit that divine displeasure was in abeyance for the time being.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • The beginning of November found its date still in abeyance, though he asked her at the most tempting times.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • She asked herself when it would begin, like fire-works, or Lent, or the opera season; not that she cared much, but she wondered what kept it in abeyance.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The animacy of life hung in abeyance.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • With loneliness in abeyance and with my creative juices in full flow, I could not have been happier ....
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Let's hold this story about the defecting boomer in abeyance for the moment, shall we?"
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Logic said the traitor was Yueh, but he held final decision in abeyance.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Thoughts and emotions relative to the meeting with Tom Doan were held in abeyance.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • While these affairs were in abeyance, our visit to Mr. Boythorn's was postponed.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • She asked herself when it would begin, like fire-works, or Lent, or the opera season; not that she cared much, but she wondered what kept it in abeyance.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • Just at present the sense of humor is in abeyance.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman

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