Definition of suspension
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
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 (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.
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
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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