suspense

a.

  1. Held or lifted up; held or prevented from proceeding.
  2. Expressing, or proceeding from, suspense or doubt.
  3. The state of being suspended; specifically, a state of uncertainty and expectation, with anxiety or apprehension; indetermination; indecision; as, the suspense of a person waiting for the verdict of a jury.
  4. Cessation for a time; stop; pause.
  5. A temporary cessation of one's right; suspension, as when the rent or other profits of land cease by unity of possession of land and rent.