Suspend “Legally” Defined

The following definitions for “suspend” are taken from Black’s Law Dictionary (2nd edition) and Webster’s Dictionary (1828):




To interrupt; to cause to cease for a time; to stay, delay or hinder; to discontinue temporarily, but with an expectation or purpose of resumption. To forbid a public officer, attorney, or ecclesiastical person from performing his duties or exercising his functions for a more or less definite interval of time [see Insurance Co. v. Aiken, 82 Va. 428; Stack v. O’Hara, 98 Pa. 232; Reeside v. U.S., 8 Wall. 42, 19 L. Ed. 318; Williston v. Camp, 9 Mont. 88, 22 Pac. 501; Dyer v. Dyer, 17 R. I. 547, 23 Atl. 910; State v. Melvin, 166 Mo. 565, 66 S. W. 534; Poe v. State, 72 Tex. 625, 10 S. W. 732; see SUSPENSION ].



SUSPEND’, v.t. [L. suspendo; sub and pendo, to hang].

  1. To hang; to attach to something above; as, to suspend a ball by a thread; to suspend the body by a cord or hooks, a needle suspended by a loadstone.

  2. To make to depend on. God hath suspended the promise of eternal life on the condition of faith and obedience.

  3. To interrupt; to intermit; to cause to cease for a time.

  • The guard nor fights nor flies; their fate so near.

  • At once suspends their courage and their fear.

  1. To stay; to delay; to hinder from proceeding for a time.

  • Suspend your indignation against my brother.

  • I suspend their doom.

  1. To hold in a state undermined; as, to suspend one’s choice or opinion.

  2. To debar from any privilege, from the execution of an office, or from the enjoyment of income.

  • Good men should not be suspended from the exercise of their ministry and deprived of their livelihood for ceremonies which are acknowledged indifferent.

  1. To cause to cease for a time from operation or effect; as, to suspend the habeas corpus act.

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