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Definition of Suspension


  1. The act of suspending, or the state of being suspended; pendency; as, suspension from a hook.
  2. Especially, temporary delay, interruption, or cessation
  3. Of labor, study, pain, etc.
  4. Of decision, determination, judgment, etc.; as, to ask a suspension of judgment or opinion in view of evidence to be produced.
  5. Of the payment of what is due; as, the suspension of a mercantile firm or of a bank.
  6. Of punishment, or sentence of punishment.
  7. Of a person in respect of the exercise of his office, powers, prerogative, etc.; as, the suspension of a student or of a clergyman.
  8. Of the action or execution of law, etc.; as, the suspension of the habeas corpus act.
  9. A conditional withholding, interruption, or delay; as, the suspension of a payment on the performance of a condition.
  10. The state of a solid when its particles are mixed with, but undissolved in, a fluid, and are capable of separation by straining; also, any substance in this state.
  11. A keeping of the hearer in doubt and in attentive expectation of what is to follow, or of what is to be the inference or conclusion from the arguments or observations employed.
  12. A stay or postponement of execution of a sentence condemnatory by means of letters of suspension granted on application to the lord ordinary.
  13. The prolongation of one or more tones of a chord into the chord which follows, thus producing a momentary discord, suspending the concord which the ear expects. Cf. Retardation.

Suspension Quotations

That willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Musicals are, by nature, theatrical, meaning poetic, meaning having to move the audience's imagination and create a suspension of disbelief, by which I mean there's no fourth wall.
Stephen Sondheim

Good composition is like a suspension bridge - each line adds strength and takes none away.
Robert Henri

Intuition is a suspension of logic due to impatience.
Rita Mae Brown

The more you can create that magic bubble, that suspension of disbelief, for a while, the better.
Edward Norton
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Suspension Translations

suspension in Italian is molleggio
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