abeyance

Definition

The suspension of a title to real estate while lawful ownership is being determined.

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The abeyance policy was in place and the title was not in any condition to be owned yet, which made me rather annoyed.

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The abeyance came as a shock although it should not have been surprising given the unknown location of the deed of trust.

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I wanted to sell our old farm but could not because it was being held in abeyance while the lawyers determined who the rightful owner of the property was.

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