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Noun suspense has 3 senses


suspensea. [F. suspens, L. suspensus, p. p. of suspendere. See Suspend.].
  •  Held or lifted up; held or prevented from proceeding.  [1913 Webster]
    "[The great light of day] suspense in heaven."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Expressing, or proceeding from, suspense or doubt.  Milton.  [1913 Webster]
suspensen. [From F. suspens, a. See Suspense, a.].
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
    "Ten days the prophet in suspense remained."  [1913 Webster]
    "Upon the ticklish balance of suspense."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Cessation for a time; stop; pause.  [1913 Webster]
    "A cool suspense from pleasure and from pain."  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
Suspense account (Bookkeeping), an account in which receipts or disbursements are temporarily entered until their proper position in the books is determined.


suspense, n.
1 a state of anxious uncertainty or expectation.
2 Law a suspension; the temporary cessation of a right etc.

keep in suspense delay informing (a person) of urgent information. suspense account an account in which items are entered temporarily before allocation to the right account.
suspenseful adj.
ME f. AF & OF suspens f. past part. of L suspendere SUSPEND



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




N irresolution, infirmity of purpose, indecision, indetermination, undetermination, unsettlement, uncertainty, demur, suspense, hesitating, hesitation, hesitancy, vacillation, changeableness, fluctuation, alternation, caprice, fickleness, levity, legerete, pliancy, weakness, timidity, cowardice, half measures, waverer, ass between two bundles of hay, shuttlecock, butterfly, wimp, doughface, irresolute, infirm of purpose, double-minded, half-hearted, undecided, unresolved, undetermined, shilly-shally, fidgety, tremulous, hesitating, off one's balance, at a loss, vacillating, unsteady, unsteadfast, fickle, without ballast, capricious, volatile, frothy, light, lightsome, light-minded, giddy, fast and loose, weak, feeble-minded, frail, timid, wimpish, wimpy, cowardly, dough-faced, facile, pliant, unable to say 'no', easy-going revocable, reversible, irresolutely, irresolved, irresolvedly, in faltering accents, off and on, from pillar to post, seesaw, Int, how happy could I be with either!.


N cessation, discontinuance, desistance, desinence, intermission, remission, suspense, suspension, interruption, stop, stopping, closure, stoppage, halt, arrival, pause, rest, lull, respite, truce, drop, interregnum, abeyance, cloture, dead stop, dead stand, dead lock, finis, cerrado, blowout, burnout, meltdown, disintegration, comma, colon, semicolon, period, full stop, end, death, I pause for a reply.


N uncertainty, incertitude, doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubitation, dubitancy, dubitousness, hesitation, suspense, perplexity, embarrassment, dilemma, bewilderment, timidity, vacillation, diaporesis, indetermination, vagueness, haze, fog, obscurity, ambiguity, contingency, dependence, dependency, double contingency, possibility upon a possibility, open question, onus probandi, blind bargain, pig in a poke, leap in the dark, something or other, needle in a haystack, needle in a bottle of hay, roving commission, precariousness, fallibility, uncertain, casual, random, changeable, doubtful, dubious, indecisive, unsettled, undecided, undetermined, in suspense, open to discussion, controvertible, in question, vague, indeterminate, indefinite, ambiguous, equivocal, undefined, undefinable, confused, mystic, oracular, dazed, perplexing, enigmatic, paradoxical, apocryphal, problematical, hypothetical, experimental, unpredictable, unforeseeable (unknowable), fallible, questionable, precarious, slippery, ticklish, debatable, disputable, unreliable, untrustworthy, contingent, contingent on, dependent on, subject to, dependent on circumstances, occasional, provisional, unauthentic, unauthenticated, unauthoritative, unascertained, unconfirmed, undemonstrated, untold, uncounted, in a state of uncertainty, in a cloud, in a maze, bushed, off the track, ignorant, afraid to say, out of one's reckoning, astray, adrift, at sea, at fault, at a loss, at one's wit's end, at a nonplus, puzzled, lost, abroad, d_esorient_e, distracted, distraught, pendente lite, sub spe rati, Heaven knows, who can tell? who shall decide when doctors disagr.


N expectation, expectance, expectancy, anticipation, reckoning, calculation, foresight, contemplation, prospection, lookout, prospect, perspective, horizon, vista, destiny, suspense, waiting, abeyance, curiosity, anxious expectation, ardent expectation, eager expectation, breathless expectation, sanguine expectation, torment of Tantalus, hope, trust, auspices, assurance, confidence, presumption, reliance, expectant, expecting, in expectation, on the watch, open-eyed, open-mouthed, in wide-eyed anticipation, agape, gaping, all agog, on tenterhooks, on tiptoe, on the tiptoe of expectation, aux aguets, ready, curious, looking forward to, expected, long expected, foreseen, in prospect, prospective, in one's eye, in one's view, in the horizon, on the horizon, just over the horizon, just around the corner, around the corner, impending, on the watch, with breathless expectation, with bated breath, with rapt anticipation, arrectis auribus, we shall see, nous verrons, expectation whirls me round, the light at the end of the tunnel.

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