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 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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
Derived Formssuspensively, adverbsuspensiveness, noun
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