Definition of suspense in English:


Line breaks: sus|pense
Pronunciation: /səˈspɛns


[mass noun]
  • 2chiefly Law The temporary cessation or suspension of something.
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    • The Applicant has set in motion an appeal from the disciplinary panel to an appeal panel but that appeal has been put into suspense by reason of his application for judicial review.



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  • Communism is on the rise in this suspenseful thriller.
  • It's undeniably gripping and suspenseful stuff, and beautifully shot.
  • Although this may appear to be a simple, suspenseful thriller, the film is anything but.


late Middle English: from Old French suspens 'abeyance', based on Latin suspensus 'suspended, hovering, doubtful', past participle of suspendere (see suspend).

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