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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Drivability What’s not so Hondalike is the coarse suspension and noisy cabin. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Honda Passport: off-road ready, city-smart," 11 Aug. 2019 Penalties for breaking this rule include fines and suspensions of varying degrees. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Some Connecticut high school athletic directors propose plan to allow coaches to instruct students during the offseason," 8 Aug. 2019 The fine, which lets Curaleaf avoid a suspension or revocation of its licenses, is the largest to date issued by the agency and followed unanimous votes by the five commissioners in favor of the settlement and approving the merger. Dan Adams, BostonGlobe.com, "Massachusetts marijuana regulators hit Curaleaf with record $250,000 fine," 8 Aug. 2019 Despite objections from some council members who disagreed with the definition, the ordinance defines a subsidy not only as giving money to a project, but also the reduction, suspension or exemption of a fee or tax. Emily Deruy, The Mercury News, "San Jose: Council takes on construction hiring, billboards," 6 Aug. 2019 But when asked about a typical situation — a student accidentally brings a folding knife to school in a backpack — more than half opposed an automatic suspension or expulsion. Laura Meckler, Washington Post, "Poll shows widespread frustration among teachers over pay and respect," 5 Aug. 2019 In a season affected by injury and suspension, he was also stripped of the Brazilian captaincy after a number of disciplinary issues. James Masters, CNN, "Neymar, Bale, Coutinho: The loneliness of the megabuck soccer star," 3 Aug. 2019 At least 10 states have largely banned suspensions or expulsions for preschoolers and other young children. Erin Einhorn, NBC News, "Despite laws cracking down on preschool expulsions, thousands of young children a year are put out of school.," 3 Aug. 2019 For Twitch streamers, a copyright claim means a stream takedown, which in turn means a suspension and then a channel strike. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Twitch handed out 24-hour suspensions after last night’s Democratic debates," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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suspension

noun

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

noun
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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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