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 for Suspense
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Suspense \Sus*pense"\, a. [F. suspens, L. suspensus, p. p. of
     suspendere. See Suspend.]
     1. Held or lifted up; held or prevented from proceeding.
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              [The great light of day] suspense in heaven.
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     2. Expressing, or proceeding from, suspense or doubt. [Obs.]
        "Expectation held his look suspense." --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Suspense \Sus*pense"\, n. [From F. suspens, a. See Suspense,
     1. The state of being suspended; specifically, a state of
        uncertainty and expectation, with anxiety or apprehension;
        indetermination; indecision; as, the suspense of a person
        waiting for the verdict of a jury.
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              Ten days the prophet in suspense remained. --Denham.
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              Upon the ticklish balance of suspense. --Cowper.
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     2. Cessation for a time; stop; pause.
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              A cool suspense from pleasure and from pain. --Pope.
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     3. [Cf. F. suspense.] (Law) A temporary cessation of one's
        right; suspension, as when the rent or other profits of
        land cease by unity of possession of land and rent.
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     Suspense account (Bookkeeping), an account in which
        receipts or disbursements are temporarily entered until
        their proper position in the books is determined.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: apprehension about what is going to happen
      2: an uncertain cognitive state; "the matter remained in
         suspense for several years"
      3: excited anticipation of an approaching climax; "the play kept
         the audience in suspense"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  124 Moby Thesaurus words for "suspense":
     abeyance, agitation, all-overs, angst, anticipation, anxiety,
     anxiety hysteria, anxiety neurosis, anxious bench, anxious concern,
     anxious seat, anxiousness, apathy, apprehension, apprehensiveness,
     cankerworm of care, capriciousness, care, catalepsy, catatonia,
     chance, chanciness, changeableness, cliff-hanging, concern,
     concernment, danglement, dangling, deadliness, deathliness,
     dependence, dependency, disquiet, disquietude, distress,
     disturbance, dormancy, doubt, dread, entropy, erraticism,
     erraticness, excitement, expectancy, expectant waiting,
     expectation, fear, fickleness, foreboding, forebodingness, hanging,
     hesitancy, hesitation, incalculability, incertitude, indecision,
     indecisiveness, indefiniteness, indemonstrability, indeterminacy,
     indetermination, indeterminism, indifference, indolence, inertia,
     inertness, inquietude, insecurity, irresolution, languor, latency,
     lotus-eating, luck, malaise, misgiving, moratorium, nervous strain,
     nervous tension, nervousness, overanxiety, passiveness, passivity,
     pendency, pendulosity, pendulousness, pensileness, pensility,
     perturbation, pessimism, pins and needles, pucker, randomness,
     solicitude, stagnancy, stagnation, stasis, stew, strain,
     suspensefulness, suspension, tension, torpor, trouble,
     unaccountability, uncertainness, uncertainty,
     uncertainty principle, undecidedness, undeterminedness, uneasiness,
     unforeseeableness, unpredictability, unprovability, unquietness,
     unsureness, unverifiability, upset, vacillation, vegetation,
     vexation, vis inertiae, waiting, whimsicality, zeal

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SUSPENSE. When a rent, profit a prendre, and the like, are, in consequence 
  of the unity of possession of the rent, &c., of the land out of which they 
  issue, not in esse for a time, they are said to be in suspense, tunc 
  dormiunt, but they may be revived or awakened. Co, Litt. 313 a. 

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