The word for today is…
abeyance (noun) – 1. The condition of being temporarily set aside; suspension.
2. (Law) A condition of undetermined ownership, as of an interest in an estate that has not yet vested.
Source : The Free Dictionary
Etymology : 1520s, from Anglo-French abeiance “suspension,” also “expectation (especially in a lawsuit),” from Old French abeance “aspiration, desire,” noun of condition of abeer “aspire after, gape” from à “at” + ba(y)er “be open,” from Latin *batare “to yawn, gape”.
Originally in French a legal term, “condition of a person in expectation or hope of receiving property;” it turned around in English law to mean “condition of property temporarily without an owner” (1650s). Root baer is also the source of English bay “recessed space,” as in “bay window.”