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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Abidance \A*bid"ance\, n. The state of abiding; abode; continuance; compliance (with).

The Christians had no longer abidance in the holy hill of Palestine.

A judicious abidance by rules.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1640s, from abide + -ance.


n. 1 The act of abiding or continuing; abode; stay; continuance; dwelling. (Early 17th century.)(R:SOED5: page=4) 2 adherence; compliance; conformity. (Early 19th century.)

  1. n. acting according to certain accepted standards [syn: conformity, conformation, compliance] [ant: disobedience, nonconformity]

  2. the act of dwelling in a place [syn: residency, residence]

  3. the act of abiding (enduring without yielding)

Usage examples of "abidance".

Whither, retaining her now wonted pilgrim's weeds, she hied her, and finding that the ladies and gentlemen were all gathered in the Count's palace and on the point of going to table, she tarried not to change her dress, but went up into the hall, bearing her little ones in her arms, and threading her way through the throng to the place where she saw the Count stand, she threw herself at his feet, and sobbing, said to him:—"My lord, thy hapless bride am I, who to ensure thy homecoming and abidance in peace have long time been a wanderer, and now demand of thee observance of the condition whereof word was brought me by the two knights whom I sent to thee.

Wherefore, lest too long continuance in this way of life might beget some occasion of weariness, and that no man may be able to misconstrue our too long abidance here, and as we have all of us had our day's share of the honour which still remains in me, I should deem it meet, so you be of like mind, that we now go back whence we came: and that the rather that our company, the bruit whereof has already reached divers others that are in our neighbourhood, might be so increased that all our pleasure would be destroyed.