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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Swiss players Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri — born in Kosovo — showed anti-Serbian sentiment with hand gestures that could have resulted in suspensions during a group stage game. Hayden Bird,, "What to know about the World Cup title match," 14 July 2018 Any steep reduction, or outright suspension, of U.S. film imports could easily push China's annual box office growth into the red while also hurting local distributors and exhibitors, many of which are still aggressively expanding. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "Will Hollywood Get Caught in Trump's China Trade War Crossfire?," 13 July 2018 In 2015, the 38 health plans examined by inspectors collectively took 2,668 corrective actions, such as payment suspensions, against providers suspected of fraud or abuse, according to the report. Chad Terhune, Washington Post, "Insurers Fall Short In Catching And Reporting Medicaid Fraud, Inspectors Find," 12 July 2018 The first suspension, for the Hurricanes’ season opener, stemmed from an October 2007 incident in which Marve was arrested for minor criminal mischief and resisting arrest without violence. Christy Cabrera Chirinos,, "Report: Ex-UM quarterback Robert Marve facing sexual assault, battery allegations," 12 July 2018 Only Ryan Hunter-Reay suffered a bad result, as suspension issues ended his day in 19th. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar in Toronto: 'Eh Team' returns home; Conor Daly returns to field," 12 July 2018 Even the small suspensions handed out to Jameis Winston and the Eagles’ Nigel Bradham were brief, one-day stories and neither player indicated the ruling of the commissioner would be challenged. Bob Ford,, "What will the NFL do about Shady McCoy? | Bob Ford," 12 July 2018 The Washington Post reported late Friday that the company has accelerated its suspension of those types of accounts. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Twitter’s Wings Needed a Clip," 9 July 2018 Adam Schefter reports that Patriots WR Julian Edelman’s appeal of his four-game suspension, for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy, was denied. 2. Jenny Vrentas,, "For Many NFL Players, Summer Doesn't Bring Much of a Break," 9 July 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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