suspension

noun
sus·​pen·​sion | \ sə-ˈspen(t)-shən How to pronounce suspension (audio) \

Definition of suspension

1 : the act of suspending : the state or period of being suspended: such as
a : temporary removal (as from office or privileges)
b : temporary withholding (as of belief or decision)
c : temporary abrogation of a law or rule
d(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 over
e : stoppage of payment of business obligations : failure used especially of a business or a bank
f : a rhetorical device whereby the principal idea is deferred to the end of a sentence or longer unit
2a : the act of hanging : the state of being hung
b(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 : something suspended
4 : the means by which something is suspended especially : the system of devices (such as springs) supporting the upper part of a vehicle on the axles

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Examples of suspension in a Sentence

He was angry about his suspension from the team. His record shows several suspensions from school. He's under suspension for breaking the rules. a suspension of the rules She was punished by suspension of her driver's license.
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An eight-time All-Star, Cano served an 80-game suspension this season after a positive test for Furosemide, a diuretic that can be used to mask performance-enhancing drugs. Ben Walker, The Seattle Times, "Clad in Santa hats, Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz are introduced as New York Mets," 4 Dec. 2018 The Marlins must compensate for Caleb Smith’s injury and Dan Straily’s suspension. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "A Closer Look: Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Miami Marlins 3," 27 June 2018 The Dynamo entered the game with defenders returning from injury and suspension but right back Andrew Wenger — fresh off of his return from a right leg injury — was substituted in the 25th minute with an injury to his left leg. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Dynamo dominate Colorado Rapids for shutout victory," 9 June 2018 Chara is missing Saturday's game due to suspension for yellow card accumulation after picking up a yellow card in last week's match against the LA Galaxy. Jamie Goldberg, OregonLive.com, "Portland Timbers will face challenge against Kansas City as they try to win without Diego Chara," 7 June 2018 Trevathan has missed 12 games because of injury or suspension over the last two years and hasn’t played more than seven games in a row with the Bears. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Allen Robinson bouncing back into on-field drills at Bears OTAs," 30 May 2018 Naquin was the Tribe's starting center fielder in 2016, taking advantage of Michael Brantley's injuries and Abe Almonte's suspension to make the opening day outfield. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Indians: Tyler Naquin's rise, worries elsewhere -- Terry Pluto," 13 May 2018 Then, center back Forrest Lasso will serve a one-match suspension for yellow card accumulation. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "Takeaways from FC Cincinnati's 4-1 loss at Charlotte Independence," 13 May 2018 Blackmon, meanwhile, was a Freshman All-American in 2006 after redshirting his first season but battled injuries and suspensions the remainder of his career. Tom Green, AL.com, "5-star linebacker Owen Pappoe commits to Auburn," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of suspension

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for suspension

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

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suspension

noun

English Language Learners 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

suspension

noun
sus·​pen·​sion | \ sə-ˈspen-shən How to pronounce suspension (audio) \

Kids Definition of suspension

1 : the act of stopping, removing, or making someone or something ineffective for a time
2 : the state of being stopped, removed, or made ineffective for a time suspension of a game
3 : the period during which someone or something is stopped, removed, or made ineffective a two week suspension from school
4 : the act of hanging : the state of being hung
5 : the system of springs that support the upper part of a vehicle on the axles

suspension

noun
sus·​pen·​sion | \ sə-ˈspen-chən How to pronounce suspension (audio) \

Medical Definition of suspension

1a : the state of a substance when its particles are mixed with but undissolved in a fluid or solid
b : a substance in this state — see oral suspension
2 : a system consisting of a solid dispersed in a solid, liquid, or gas usually in particles of larger than colloidal size

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suspension

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Legal Definition of suspension

: the act of suspending : the state or period of being suspended the suspension of an employee

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