One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘The $20 million suspensory loan that has been represented as being a generous offer by the Government should have been made available last year.’
- ‘Actions brought before the Court of Justice shall not have suspensory effect.’
Late Middle English: from medieval Latin suspensorius ‘used for hanging something up’, from Latin suspendere (see suspend).
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