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1. Anxiety or apprehension resulting from an uncertain, undecided, or mysterious situation: The suspense as they were announcing the winners was unbearable.
2. The quality in a work of narrative art, such as a novel or film, that causes the audience to experience pleasurable excitement and anticipation regarding an outcome.
3. Archaic The state or quality of being undecided, uncertain, or indecisive: the suspense of judgment.
[Middle English suspense, delay, uncertainty, from Old French souspense, from souspens, suspended, from Latin suspēnsus, past participle of suspendere, to suspend; see suspend.]
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|Adj.||1.||suspenseful - (of a situation) characterized by or causing suspense|
tense - in or of a state of physical or nervous tension