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  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.
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Origin of suspensive

1540–50; < Medieval Latin suspēnsīvus, equivalent to suspēns(us) (see suspense) + -īvus -ive
Related formssus·pen·sive·ly, adverbsus·pen·sive·ness, nounnon·sus·pen·sive, adjectivenon·sus·pen·sive·ly, adverbnon·sus·pen·sive·ness, noun
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Historical Examples of suspensive

  • Lafayette, who imagined himself to be copying the American constitution, proposed that the king should have a suspensive veto.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 2


  • The people have a suspensive veto and, finally, a definitive veto, which they may exercise when they please.

  • A strong smell of rancid wicks disturbed nobody and in the charged, suspensive air the cheap lamps burned with a still flame.

    "Persons Unknown"

    Virginia Tracy

  • Note the suspensive intense rise upon “heaven” and the falling on “hell.”

  • Metrical students will delight in the double rhymes of the octave, which play so great a part in the suspensive music.

British Dictionary definitions for suspensive


  1. having the power of deferment; effecting suspension
  2. causing, characterized by, or relating to suspense
  3. inclined to defer judgment; undecided
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Derived Formssuspensively, adverbsuspensiveness, noun
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