Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Abstention from suing or otherwise enforcing a right.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The act of abstaining from proceeding against a delinquent debtor; delay in exacting the enforcement of a right; indulgence granted to a debtor. Reynolds v. Ward, 5 Wend. (N. Y.) 504; Diercks v. Kennedy, 16 N. J. Eq. 211; Dry Dock Bank v. American Llfe Ins., etc., Co., 3 N. Y. 354. Refraining from action. The term is used in this sense in general jurisprudence, in contradistinction to "act."