Definition of suspensory in US English:

suspensory

adjective

  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The suspensory ligament of the right ovary is identified in this section.’
    • ‘He then missed more time with a pulled suspensory ligament.’
  • 2Relating to the deferral or suspension of an event, action, or legal obligation.

    ‘a suspensory requirement’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

suspensory

/səˈspensərē//səˈspɛnsəri/