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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Driving under suspension: Holbrook Road A Chagrin Falls man, 27, was stopped shortly after 8 p.m. June 25 for driving on a license suspension invoked for lack of insurance. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Lorain woman makes winner’s circle in Bedford Court: Bentleyville Police Blotter," 12 July 2019 After beginning last season with an 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, Polanco slashed .288/.345/.427. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins settle for three at All-Star Game: Berrios, Odorizzi, Polanco," 8 July 2019 Getting a top starter back for the stretch run would be big for the A’s, who lost potential All-Star Frankie Montas to an 80-game suspension for violating baseball’s drugs policy last month. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "A’s starter Sean Manaea to start rehab assignment Monday," 6 July 2019 Major League Baseball announced in March that Martes tested positive for the ovulatory stimulant Clomiphene, garnering the 80-game suspension. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Francis Martes remains on restricted list due to visa issues," 26 June 2019 After Wade and his lawyers declined to meet, LSU placed Wade on suspension. Julia O'donoghue, nola.com, "There’s another text exchange between Louisiana’s governor and LSU on Javonte Smart," 25 June 2019 Machado is still waiting for a decision on the suspension. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "MLB Umpires Release Strongly-Worded Statement on Manny Machado's Suspension," 18 June 2019 Chicago Virtual Charter School board officials placed her on suspension and paid administrative leave May 29, board president Kenneth Speller said in a statement. Post-tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Former Gary schools chief theft trial set for Sept. 30," 17 June 2019 Only actor Anthony Wong commented on the suspension of the bill and the government’s categorization of the June 12 demonstration as a riot. Karen Chu, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hong Kong Film Directors’ Guild Takes Stand Against China Extradition Bill," 16 June 2019

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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

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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