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abeyance
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
a temporary stop or suspension
  • Under such circumstances Mr. Raffles's pleasure in annoying his company was kept in abeyance.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (74% in)
  • In Mr. Brooke the hereditary strain of Puritan energy was clearly in abeyance; but in his niece Dorothea it glowed alike through faults and virtues, turning sometimes into impatience of her uncle's talk or his way of "letting things be" on his estate, and making her long all the more for the time when she would be of age and have some command of money for generous schemes.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (2% in)
  • ...had made the chief part of her education, Mr. Casaubon's talk about his great book was full of new vistas; and this sense of revelation, this surprise of a nearer introduction to Stoics and Alexandrians, as people who had ideas not totally unlike her own, kept in abeyance for the time her usual eagerness for a binding theory which could bring her own life and doctrine into strict connection with that amazing past, and give the remotest sources of knowledge some bearing on her actions.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (70% in)

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