Definition of suspensory in English:



  • 1Holding and supporting an organ or part.

    ‘a suspensory ligament’
    • ‘He later pulled a suspensory muscle in a leg while preparing for his return earlier this year.’
    • ‘He then missed more time with a pulled suspensory ligament.’
    • ‘The suspensory ligament of the right ovary is identified in this section.’
    • ‘The colt, who was sidelined from racing for a year from September 2001 to this September after tearing a suspensory ligament in his left front leg, fractured the splint bone and chipped a piece of the sesamsoid bone in the same leg.’
  • 2Relating to the deferral or suspension of an event, action, or legal obligation.

    ‘a suspensory requirement’
    • ‘However, where companies are determined to press ahead, and can show good reason, the suspensory effect of the Regulation may be set aside on application to the Commission.’
    • ‘Actions brought before the Court of Justice shall not have suspensory effect.’
    • ‘The $20 million suspensory loan that has been represented as being a generous offer by the Government should have been made available last year.’


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin suspensorius used for hanging something up from Latin suspendere (see suspend).