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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

abeyance, hold in abeyance

To write plainly, use suspend instead of the needlessly legalistic hold in abeyance. Other possibilities include put on hold or set aside.

  • Legalistic: The project was held in abeyance until the problems were resolved.
  • Plain: The project was suspended until the problems were resolved.