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1. Serving or tending to suspend or temporarily stop something.
2. Characterized by or causing suspense.

sus·pen′sive·ly adv.
sus·pen′sive·ness n.


1. having the power of deferment; effecting suspension
2. causing, characterized by, or relating to suspense
3. inclined to defer judgment; undecided
susˈpensively adv
susˈpensiveness n


(səˈspɛn sɪv)

1. pertaining to or characterized by suspension.
2. having the effect of suspending the operation of something.
3. undecided in mind.
4. pertaining to, characterized by, or expressing suspense.
sus•pen′sive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.suspensive - (of a situation) characterized by or causing suspense
tense - in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
2.suspensive - undecided or characterized by indecisiveness
indecisive - characterized by lack of decision and firmness; "an indecisive manager brought the enterprise to a standstill"
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