Definition of suspensory in English:

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Pronunciation: /səˈspɛns(ə)ri/


1Holding and supporting an organ or part: a suspensory ligament
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  • The suspensory ligament of the right ovary is identified in this section.
  • The colt, who was sidelined from racing for a year from September 2001 to this September after tearing a suspensory ligament in his left front leg, fractured the splint bone and chipped a piece of the sesamsoid bone in the same leg.
  • He then missed more time with a pulled suspensory ligament.
2Relating to the deferral or suspension of an event, action, or legal obligation: a suspensory requirement
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  • Actions brought before the Court of Justice shall not have suspensory effect.
  • However, where companies are determined to press ahead, and can show good reason, the suspensory effect of the Regulation may be set aside on application to the Commission.
  • The $20 million suspensory loan that has been represented as being a generous offer by the Government should have been made available last year.


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin suspensorius 'used for hanging something up', from Latin suspendere (see suspend).

Words that rhyme with suspensory

dispensary, incensory, ostensory, sensory
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