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.
Recent Examples on the Web That led to a suspension and a recommendation from the athletic director not to renew the coach’s annual contract for failing to follow policy. Jess Bravin, WSJ, 24 Apr. 2022 But both were on the outside looking in at the run for the roses as of Saturday, with Baffert serving the 20th day of a 90-day KHRC suspension and the 86-year-old Lukas in need of scratches to get his Ethereal Road into the 20-horse field. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 24 Apr. 2022 Wax declined ABC News' request for comment on the calls for suspension and the criticism. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 21 Apr. 2022 The running gear, suspension and brakes, meanwhile, were refurbished or replaced with new components. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 21 Apr. 2022 The House is expected to take up the budget next week, and some tax relief such as a suspension of the gas tax and a reworking of the estate tax were among the 1,521 amendments filed. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Apr. 2022 Manager David Ross got a one-game suspension and a fine because MLB deemed Thompson purposefully hit McCutchen with a 2-1 fastball. Meghan Montemurro, chicagotribune.com, 11 Apr. 2022 Tepera received a three-game suspension and Cubs manager David Ross was also suspended for a game. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Apr. 2022 Guilty pitchers faced a suspension and pitchers’ spin rates initially dropped across the board, but the average crept up at the end of the 2021 season, according to MLB. Jorge Castillostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suspension. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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

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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