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

  Suspension \Sus*pen"sion\, n. [Cf. F. suspension, L. suspensio
     arched work, imperfect pronunciation. See Suspend.]
     1. The act of suspending, or the state of being suspended;
        pendency; as, suspension from a hook.
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     2. Especially, temporary delay, interruption, or cessation;
        (a) Of labor, study, pain, etc.
        (b) Of decision, determination, judgment, etc.; as, to ask
            a suspension of judgment or opinion in view of
            evidence to be produced.
        (c) Of the payment of what is due; as, the suspension of a
            mercantile firm or of a bank.
        (d) Of punishment, or sentence of punishment.
        (e) Of a person in respect of the exercise of his office,
            powers, prerogative, etc.; as, the suspension of a
            student or of a clergyman.
        (f) Of the action or execution of law, etc.; as, the
            suspension of the habeas corpus act.
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     3. A conditional withholding, interruption, or delay; as, the
        suspension of a payment on the performance of a condition.
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     4. The state of a solid when its particles are mixed with,
        but undissolved in, a fluid, and are capable of separation
        by straining; also, any substance in this state.
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     5. (Rhet.) A keeping of the hearer in doubt and in attentive
        expectation of what is to follow, or of what is to be the
        inference or conclusion from the arguments or observations
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     6. (Scots Law) A stay or postponement of execution of a
        sentence condemnatory by means of letters of suspension
        granted on application to the lord ordinary.
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     7. (Mus.) The prolongation of one or more tones of a chord
        into the chord which follows, thus producing a momentary
        discord, suspending the concord which the ear expects. Cf.
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     Pleas in suspension (Law), pleas which temporarily abate or
        suspend a suit.
     Points of suspension (Mech.), the points, as in the axis or
        beam of a balance, at which the weights act, or from which
        they are suspended.
     Suspension bridge, a bridge supported by chains, ropes, or
        wires, which usually pass over high piers or columns at
        each end, and are secured in the ground beyond.
     Suspension of arms (Mil.), a short truce or cessation of
        operations agreed on by the commanders of contending
        armies, as for burying the dead, making proposal for
        surrender or for peace, etc.
     Suspension scale, a scale in which the platform hangs
        suspended from the weighing apparatus instead of resting
        upon it.
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     Syn: Delay; interruption; intermission; stop.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a mixture in which fine particles are suspended in a fluid
           where they are supported by buoyancy
      2: a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation
         of something [syn: pause, intermission, break,
         interruption, suspension]
      3: temporary cessation or suspension [syn: abeyance,
      4: an interruption in the intensity or amount of something [syn:
         suspension, respite, reprieve, hiatus, abatement]
      5: a mechanical system of springs or shock absorbers connecting
         the wheels and axles to the chassis of a wheeled vehicle
         [syn: suspension, suspension system]
      6: the act of suspending something (hanging it from above so it
         moves freely); "there was a small ceremony for the hanging of
         the portrait" [syn: suspension, dangling, hanging]
      7: a temporary debarment (from a privilege or position etc)
         [syn: suspension, temporary removal]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  259 Moby Thesaurus words for "suspension":
     abandonment, abeyance, abjuration, abjurement, abolishment,
     abolition, abrogation, adaptation, afterthought, annulment,
     arrangement, bind, block, blockage, breach, break, breath,
     breather, breathing place, breathing space, breathing spell,
     breathing time, bureaucratic delay, caesura, cancel, canceling,
     cancellation, cashiering, cassation, catharsis, cease-fire,
     cessation, cigarette break, cleansing, clearance, cocktail hour,
     coffee break, cold storage, concluding, conclusion, conge,
     countermand, counterorder, danglement, dangling, day off,
     debarring, deconsecration, defeasance, deferment, defrocking,
     delay, delayage, delayed reaction, delaying, deliverance, denial,
     dependence, dependency, deportation, deposal, deposition,
     deprivation, desistance, detachment, detention, dethronement,
     disbarment, disbarring, discard, discharge, discontinuance,
     discontinuation, discrownment, disemployment, disenthronement,
     disjunction, dismissal, displacement, displacing, disposal,
     disposition, doldrums, dormancy, double take, downtime, dragging,
     drop, drumming out, ejection, elimination, emotional release, end,
     ending, enforced respite, eradication, eviction, exclusion,
     excommunication, exile, expatriation, expulsion, finish, firing,
     fissure, forbearance, forced resignation, forced separation,
     freeing, furloughing, gap, halt, hang-up, hanging, happy hour,
     harmonization, hesitation, hiatus, hibernation, hindrance, hold-up,
     holdup, holiday, immobility, impeachment, inaction, inactiveness,
     inactivity, inertia, instrumentation, interim, interlude,
     intermezzo, intermission, intermittence, interruption, interval,
     intonation, invalidation, jam, kicking upstairs, lacuna, lag,
     lagging, lapse, latency, layoff, letup, liquidation, logjam, lull,
     modulation, moratorium, motionlessness, nonexercise, nullification,
     obstruction, orchestration, ostracism, ousting, outlawing,
     outlawry, overthrow, overthrowal, paperasserie, pause, pendency,
     pendulosity, pendulousness, pensileness, pensility, pensioning off,
     period, phrasing, pink slip, postponement, preparation, purgation,
     purge, purging, quiescence, quiescency, recall, recantation,
     recess, red tape, red-tapeism, red-tapery, rejection, release,
     relinquishment, remission, removal, renege, renouncement,
     renunciation, repeal, reprieve, rescinding, rescindment,
     rescission, resignation, resolution, respite, rest, retardance,
     retardation, retirement, retraction, reversal, revocation, revoke,
     revokement, riddance, setting, setting aside, severance, slow-up,
     slowdown, slowness, solution, spell, stand-down, stay,
     stay of execution, stop, stoppage, superannuation, surcease,
     surplusing, suspense, tea break, termination, the ax, the boot,
     the bounce, the gate, the sack, ticket, tie-up, time lag, time out,
     tone painting, transcription, truce, unchurching, underactivity,
     unfrocking, unseating, vacation, vacatur, voidance, voiding, wait,
     waiver, waiving, walking papers, withdrawal, write-off

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     In lazy evaluation, a suspension (or in Henderson's
     terminology, a "recipe") is a closure with a flag indicating
     whether the expression has been evaluated or not.  When the
     expression is evaluated the first time, this flag is set.
     Subsequent requests for the value of the expression will not
     attempt to re-evaluate it.

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

  SUSPENSION. A temporary stop of a right, of a law, and the like. 
       2. In times of war the habeas corpus act maybe suspended by lawful 
       3. There may be a suspension of an officer's duties or powers, when he 
  is charged with crimes. Wood's Inst. 510. 
       4. Suspension of a right in an estate is a partial extinguishment, or 
  an extinguishment for a time. It differs from an extinguishment in this. A 
  suspended right may be revived; one extinguished is absolutely dead. Bac. 
  Ab. Extinguishment, A. 
       5. The suspension of a statute for a limited time operates so as to 
  prevent its operation for the time, but it hits not the effect of a repeal. 
  3 Dall. 365. 

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

  SUSPENSION, Scotch law. That form of law by which the effect of a sentence-
  condemnatory, that has not yet received execution, is stayed or postponed, 
  till the cause be again considered. Ersk. Prin. L. Scotl. 4, 3, 5. 
  Suspension is competent also, even where there is no decree, for putting a 
  stop to any illegal act whatsoever. Id. 4, 3, 7. 
       2. Letters of suspension bear the form of a summons, which contains a 
  warrant to cite the charger, Ib. 

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

  SUSPENSION, eccl. law. An ecclesiastical censure, by which a spiritual 
  person is either interdicted tho exercise of his ecclesiastical function, or 
  hindered from receiving the profits of his benefice. It may be partial or 
  total; for a limited time, or forever, when it is called deprivation or 
  amotion. Ayl. Parerg. 501. 

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