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suspension

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noun sus·pen·sion \sə-ˈspen(t)-shən\

Simple Definition of suspension

  • : the act of forcing someone to leave a job, position, or place for a usually short period of time as a form of punishment : the act of suspending someone

  • : the act of stopping or delaying something for a usually short period of time

  • : the act of making something invalid or ineffective for a usually short period of time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of suspension

  1. 1 :  the act of suspending :  the state or period of being suspended: asa :  temporary removal (as from office or privileges)b :  temporary withholding (as of belief or decision)c :  temporary abrogation of a law or ruled (1) :  the holding over of one or more musical tones of a chord into the following chord producing a momentary discord and suspending the concord which the ear expects; specifically :  such a dissonance which resolves downward — compare anticipation, retardation (2) :  the tone thus held overe :  stoppage of payment of business obligations :  failure —used especially of a business or a bankf :  a rhetorical device whereby the principal idea is deferred to the end of a sentence or longer unit

  2. 2a :  the act of hanging :  the state of being hungb (1) :  the state of a substance when its particles are mixed with but undissolved in a fluid or solid (2) :  a substance in this state (3) :  a system consisting of a solid dispersed in a solid, liquid, or gas usually in particles of larger than colloidal size — compare emulsion

  3. 3 :  something suspended

  4. 4 :  the means by which something is suspended; especially :  the system of devices (as springs) supporting the upper part of a vehicle on the axles

Examples of suspension in a sentence

  1. He was angry about his suspension from the team.

  2. His record shows several suspensions from school.

  3. He's under suspension for breaking the rules.

  4. a suspension of the rules

  5. She was punished by suspension of her driver's license.



Origin and Etymology of suspension

Middle English suspensyon, from Anglo-French suspension, from Late Latin suspension-, suspensio, from Latin suspendere


First Known Use: 15th century

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SUSPENSION Defined for Kids

suspension

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noun sus·pen·sion \sə-ˈspen-shən\

Definition of suspension for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of stopping, removing, or making someone or something ineffective for a time

  2. 2 :  the state of being stopped, removed, or made ineffective for a time <suspension of a game>

  3. 3 :  the period during which someone or something is stopped, removed, or made ineffective <a two week suspension from school>

  4. 4 :  the act of hanging :  the state of being hung

  5. 5 :  the system of springs that support the upper part of a vehicle on the axles




Medical Dictionary

suspension

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noun sus·pen·sion \sə-ˈspen-chən\

Medical Definition of suspension

  1. 1a:  the state of a substance when its particles are mixed with but undissolved in a fluid or solidb:  a substance in this state—see oral suspension

  2. 2:  a system consisting of a solid dispersed in a solid, liquid, or gas usually in particles of larger than colloidal size




Law Dictionary

suspension

noun sus·pen·sion

Legal Definition of suspension

  1. :  the act of suspending :  the state or period of being suspended <the suspension of an employee>





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