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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But beyond returning the potential remains of about 55 U.S. troops missing from the Korean War, and its continuing suspension in its missile and nuclear tests, there has been little movement from the North. Lolita C. Baldor, Fox News, "US: Stoppage of US, Korea exercises cause readiness loss," 25 Sep. 2018 Provided your suspension of disbelief can handle the shocks, there are plenty more pacing gems to be found here. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Shadow of the Tomb Raider review: Fighting for my life and loving it," 10 Sep. 2018 McAdams, who continues through his suspension to blog as Marquette Warrior, has not shied away from criticizing his employer over campus matters with political overtones. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Supreme Court sides with Marquette professor John McAdams in free speech case, orders university to reinstate him," 6 July 2018 Many Afghan officials have also expressed opposition to any suspension, but the plan has quiet backing from some in Mr. Ghani’s government. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "U.S. Considers Asking Afghanistan to Suspend Presidential Election," 13 Nov. 2018 The court ordered that the government, police and prison authorities adhere to the suspension of the sentence for the former leader, Mohamed Nasheed. Mohamed Sharuhaan, The Seattle Times, "Maldives court suspends jail term for ex-President Nasheed," 30 Oct. 2018 The suspension is quite well damped, although our drive route didn't feature much of the worst that Southern California has to offer. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2019 Volvo S60 is Swedish style at a surprisingly good price," 16 Oct. 2018 In that instance, multiple strikes against Jones lead to a temporary suspension. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Here’s why Facebook suspended Alex Jones but not Infowars," 28 July 2018 Segura owns a very respectable .850 OPS for a shortstop, and he's been a big reason why the Mariners have maintained a high level of play despite losing Robinson Cano to a lengthy suspension. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Yes, Brewers fans, Scooter Gennett is now the best second baseman in the National League (and ex-Brewers are also helping Mariners)," 28 June 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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