Definition of suspension
1 : the act of suspending : the state or period of being suspended: such 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
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 : 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 of suspension from the Web
Postel said that men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino could on his own appeal the suspension ordered by the NCAA of five ACC conference games.
After rough start to league play, which featured multiple injuries, suspensions and player acquisitions, FC Cincinnati seems to be playing its most comfortable in the club’s two-year history.
These restrictions have included weekslong suspensions in the trading of shares in companies that encounter financial difficulties, and the increased limits on moving money out of the country.
There’s an inhibition-loosening abandon to book club: For 20- and 30-somethings a decade-plus removed from freshman seminar, sitting in a room with strangers and talking Big Ideas can feel like a suspension of the rules of real-life gameplay.
All 17 violations were of the Level 3 (non-suspension) variety and were generally handled with in-house punishments accepted by the SEC and NCAA.
An armistice is defined at a temporary suspension of hostilities by agreement of the warring parties, a truce.
Switching to Sport mode and using the paddle shifters stiffened up the suspension a bit, while the transmission let the 3.3-liter turbocharged V-6 rev to the driver’s command.
Oliu has been suspended without pay since his initial 2014 suspension.
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Origin and Etymology of suspension
Middle English suspensyon, from Anglo-French suspension, from Late Latin suspension-, suspensio, from Latin suspendere
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
SUSPENSION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of suspension for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of suspension for Students
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
Medical Definition of suspension
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: a system consisting of a solid dispersed in a solid, liquid, or gas usually in particles of larger than colloidal size
Legal Definition of suspension
: the act of suspending : the state or period of being suspended the suspension of an employee
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