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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Recent Examples on the Web The athletes never returned to class after the suspension of play. David Hinojosa, ExpressNews.com, "All-Stars savor last chance in high school uniform," 2 July 2020 Children's social worlds have been upended by the suspension of school and extracurricular activities due to the pandemic. Julie Wargo Aikins, CNN, "The kid next door: Neighborhood friendships on a comeback amid the coronavirus pandemic," 2 July 2020 Now, Racine is facing a legal challenge that has led to the suspension of its coronavirus rules, at least for the time being. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Racine lawsuit is a test case for how much power local officials have to control the spread of coronavirus," 1 July 2020 The migrants from Central America and other parts of the world have been stranded by the United States' suspension of asylum hearings due to the pandemic through at least mid-July. Fox News, "Coronavirus case at Mexico border refugee camp raises alarm," 30 June 2020 The company has been suffering on multiple fronts since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, both shutting down road-car production and through the suspension of the start of this year's Formula 1 season. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "McLaren Saved by Cash Injection from Bahrain, Will Restart Production Soon," 29 June 2020 Marc Geiger, a partner and worldwide head of music for William Morris Endeavor, has left the Beverly Hills talent agency as the entertainment industry continues to grapple with the suspension of concerts due to the coronavirus pandemic. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, "WME’s global head of music Marc Geiger exits talent agency," 26 June 2020 The coronavirus outbreak led to the suspension of the ATP and WTA professional tennis tours in March. Washington Post, "Thiem apologizes for playing in Djokovic’s tennis event," 25 June 2020 The coronavirus outbreak led to the suspension of the ATP and WTA professional tennis tours in March. Dusan Stojanovic, Anchorage Daily News, "Djokovic apologizes for organizing tennis matches that appear to have spread coronavirus," 24 June 2020

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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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The first known use of suspension was in the 15th century

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“Suspension.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suspension. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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suspension

noun
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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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