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suspensive

[suh-spen-siv] /səˈspɛn sɪv/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or characterized by suspension.
2.
undecided in mind.
3.
pertaining to or characterized by suspense.
4.
(of words, phrases, etc.) characterized by or expressing suspense; keeping the reader or listener in suspense.
5.
having the effect of suspending the operation of something.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Medieval Latin suspēnsīvus, equivalent to suspēns(us) (see suspense) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
suspensively, adverb
suspensiveness, noun
nonsuspensive, adjective
nonsuspensively, adverb
nonsuspensiveness, noun
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Examples for suspensive
  • Out of a familiar play the producers have again drawn a suspensive drama of courage and despair.
  • The clinic shall have the right to file a suspensive appeal from the department's decision to revoke the clinic's license.
  • Traffic violations that require no suspensive action are displayed for a three-year period from the date of conviction.
British Dictionary definitions for suspensive

suspensive

/səˈspɛnsɪv/
adjective
1.
having the power of deferment; effecting suspension
2.
causing, characterized by, or relating to suspense
3.
inclined to defer judgment; undecided
Derived Forms
suspensively, adverb
suspensiveness, noun
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