sus·​pen·​sion | \ sə-ˈspen(t)-shən \

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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After an internal investigation, Rowe was given a five-day suspension without pay for being discourteous and displaying conduct unbecoming to an officer. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "King County Sheriff’s Office to pay motorcyclist held at gunpoint $65,000, plus change use-of-force rules," 10 Dec. 2018 Twitter's first punishment for Jones after that incident was a one-week suspension. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Twitter plays whac-a-mole with Alex Jones, suspends 18 linked accounts," 23 Oct. 2018 She was introduced in the premiere as Dr. Blaize, an expert oncologist who returned to the hospital at the request of Dr. Glassman after a brief suspension. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "6 Things You Definitely Missed from 'The Good Doctor' Premiere," 25 Sep. 2018 Having the battery weight low means the car stays level without requiring a punishingly stiff suspension. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "My 72 Hours With the Tesla Model 3 Performance Edition," 13 Sep. 2018 White House press secretary Sarah Sanders later called for Hill to be fired, while Hill was subjected to death threats and a suspension from her host position by ESPN. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Trump calling Omarosa a “dog” isn’t just racist or sexist. It’s part of a pattern.," 14 Aug. 2018 Lynch is a wild card, a player who once excelled under defensive coordinator Vic Fangio but has battled injuries, weight issues and a suspension since. Colleen Kane,, "Bears relying on several comeback stories from their outside linebackers," 12 July 2018 Never mind that Whit Merrifield had his first three-hit night since June 1 and that Jorge Bonifacio logged his first major-league singles since returning from an 80-game suspension. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals end franchise-worst month of June with another loss to Mariners," 1 July 2018 Provost told reporters Monday that Ortiz had been placed on an indefinite, unpaid suspension, and that her agency was cooperating with investigators. Nomaan Merchant, The Seattle Times, "Arrest shows challenge of keeping rogues off Border Patrol," 18 Sep. 2018

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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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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


sus·​pen·​sion | \ sə-ˈspen-shən \

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


sus·​pen·​sion | \ sə-ˈspen-chən \

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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Legal Definition of suspension 

: the act of suspending : the state or period of being suspended the suspension of an employee

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