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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Porsche focused on improving drivability with the new GT3 R, redesigning the suspension to lessen tire wear and creating broader power and torque bands. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 29 July 2022 The Browns took the field Wednesday still awaiting word on any kind of suspension Watson may receive. Chris Easterling, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 Its steering is precise and direct, the adaptive suspension keeps the sedan planted and secure on fast curves and maneuvers. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 27 July 2022 Myles Garrett and Greg Newsome II, two players who talked with the media Wednesday, sang from the same hymnal, insisting that their high expectations for the season won’t change regardless of the length of the suspension. cleveland, 27 July 2022 In April, Baffert began serving the suspension for a failed post-race drug test involving Medina Spirit, who finished first in the 2021 Kentucky Derby and was later disqualified. Fox News, 25 July 2022 Chris Mooney, a political science professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said the tax suspension comes at a time when the state, long ravaged by horrible state budgets, has improved its fiscal standing. al, 24 July 2022 Bauer also is in the process of his appeal of the MLB suspension, with no timetable for a ruling. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2022 Numerous complaints regarding title transfers are at the heart of the suspension. Chris Morris, Fortune, 20 July 2022 See More

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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
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

suspension

noun
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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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