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
His response promptly went viral and earned the 21-year-old a two-semester suspension from the University of Central Florida.
Especially when the White House is offering excuses that require a suspension of disbelief too extreme even for their standards, where drawing Shakespearian parallels has become just a tired cliché.
One year later, the Jefferson County Circuit Court affirmed that decision-- upholding the suspension, too.
Following a 2016 coup on the Turkish government, which killed more than 240 people, increased security measures have led to the suspension or dismissal of around 150,000 people and the jailing of more than 50,000 in Turkey.
More: Nearly 100 Louisville leaders call for Johnson's suspension from council The suit alleges the city is depriving King and Martin of their rights to pursue a lawful occupation free from unreasonable governmental interference.
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.
The extensive use of aluminum in the chassis and suspension keeps weight down to around 3,360lb (1,524kg).
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.
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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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