suspense

[suh-spens]
noun
1.
a state or condition of mental uncertainty or excitement, as in awaiting a decision or outcome, usually accompanied by a degree of apprehension or anxiety.
2.
a state of mental indecision.
3.
undecided or doubtful condition, as of affairs: For a few days matters hung in suspense.
4.
the state or condition of being suspended.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin suspēnsum deferment, suspension, uncertainty, noun use of neuter of Latin suspēnsus hung up, doubtful, in suspense (past participle of suspendere to hang up, leave undecided), equivalent to sus- sus- + pēnsus (pend-, stem of pendere (translation) to hang (see pend) + -tus past participle suffix, with dt > s)

suspenseful, adjective
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suspense (səˈspɛns)
 
n
1.  the condition of being insecure or uncertain: the matter of the succession remained in suspense for many years
2.  mental uncertainty; anxiety: their father's illness kept them in a state of suspense
3.  excitement felt at the approach of the climax: a play of terrifying suspense
4.  the condition of being suspended
 
[C15: from Medieval Latin suspensum delay, from Latin suspendere to hang up; see suspend]
 
sus'penseful
 
adj

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suspense
1402, "not being executed, unfulfilled" (of legal matters), from Anglo-Fr. suspens (in en suspens "in abeyance," 1306), from O.Fr. suspens "act of suspending," from L. suspensus, pp. of suspendere (see suspend). Meaning "state of mental uncertainty" (1440) is from legal
meaning of "not rendered, not paid, not carried out" (e.g. suspended sentence). As a genre of novels, stories, etc., attested from 1952.
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Example sentences
It's what makes the fight scenes somewhat suspenseful.
Expectations of a long, suspenseful wait accounted in part for the mood of grim
  determination that many voters seemed to show.
Despite the otherworldly conceit, it is a stylish, well-made crime show that is
  suspenseful but not scary enough to disturb sleep.
It is suspenseful, horrifying and at times intensely moving.
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