suspensive


suspensive
/seuh spen"siv/, adj.
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.
[1540-50; < ML suspensivus, equiv. to suspens(us) (see SUSPENSE) + -ivus -IVE]

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  • Suspensive — Sus*pen sive, a. [Cf. F. suspensif. See {Suspend}.] Tending to suspend, or to keep in suspense; causing interruption or delay; uncertain; doubtful. In suspensive thoughts. Beaumont. A suspensive veto. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] The provisional and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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