- the state of being undecided or undetermined
- a state of usually anxious uncertainty, as in awaiting a decision
- the growing interest and excitement felt while awaiting a climax or resolution, as of a novel, play, series of events, etc.
- Rare suspension or interruption, as of a legal right
Origin of suspenseMiddle English from Middle French suspens, suspense, delay, deferring from Medieval Latin suspensum from Classical Latin suspensus, suspended, uncertain, literally , hung up, past participle of suspendere, to suspend