The suspension of an action. 2. Proceedings are stayed absolutely or conditionally. 3. 1. They are peremptorily stayed when the plaintiff is wholly incapacitated from suing; as, for example, when the plaintiff is not the holder, nor beneficially interested in a bill on which he has brought his action; or when the plaintiff admits in writing, that he has no cause of action; or when an action is brought contrary to good faith. 4. 2. Proceedings are sometimes stayed until some order of the court shall have been complied with; as, when the plaintiff resides in a foreign country, or in another estate, or is insolvent, and he has been ruled to give security for costs, the proceedings are stayed until such security shall be given; see Security for Costs; or until the payment of costs in a, former action.