Definition of deferment in English:

deferment

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The action or fact of putting something off to a later time; postponement:

    ‘deferment of the decision’
    • ‘Subsequent deferments would follow the same structure.’
    • ‘Congress has condemned such actions, but has, through delay and deferment, resisted sending legislation to the President for possible veto.’
    • ‘Malmesbury maternity unit campaigners will continue to fight to save the unit following the deferment of a decision on its future.’
    • ‘Then they tell me that they can only back date a deferment four months, so I'm lumped with a debt of over £ 2,000.’
    • ‘Furthermore, as the terms of the Paris Protocol provide for an interest for the deferment, you have to provide for the payment of the interest.’
    • ‘A quarter of committee members, led by Councillor Moira Lewis, called for further deferment of the plans.’
    • ‘The maximum amount of deferment you can receive for unemployment or economic hardship is 3 years, and that's for the life of the loan.’
    • ‘Eligibility for deferment is based solely on the repayer's income.’
    • ‘An IOC spokesman said last night the deferment was made in the interest of "fairness" to the athletes.’
    • ‘This deferment has prolonged the time spent on considering the future of the two units.’
    • ‘Further, Mr Hamilton was not able to give to the Tribunal details of any transaction or settlement on the Portman Estate where a deferment rate of 4.75% was achieved.’
    • ‘Every once in a while they'd know I was having a problem because I punched myself in the leg because I learned about pain deferment.’
    • ‘The members have called for the deferment of the increases to allow tenants come to terms with the new rents.’
    • ‘The release is very clear to mention that existing products that use these products will not be affected by this deferment.’
    • ‘In a stagnant job market this is a significant pressure for recent graduates, and many factor insufficient wages and prolonged deferment into the decision to return to school.’
    • ‘In the third paragaph he referred to the Paris Club and the deferment of repayments until 1999.’
    • ‘For the sake of efficiency and fairness, various tax deferments will be further reduced.’
    • ‘When UAL announced its deferment of the $72 million payment to its pension fund, it said it did so in order to "preserve its options."’
    • ‘Where the Labour Party has fallen down is over car parking and traffic management by refusing to make a decision and people are fed up of deferment.’
    • ‘That inserted step had no business purpose apart from the deferment of tax, although it had a business effect.’
    postponement, deferral, suspension, putting back, putting off, adjournment, delay, shelving, rescheduling, interruption, arrest, pause
    respite, stay, moratorium, reprieve, grace
    tabling
    continuation
    put-off
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    1. 1.1US historical The postponement of a person's conscription:
      [count noun] ‘he was granted five deferments from the draft’
      • ‘The back condition that apparently led to Dr. Dean's deferment had been discovered years before his armed services physical.’
      • ‘But Williams got deferments when first drafted.’
      • ‘Cheney received a couple of deferments to avoid service, first because he was a student, then because he was married.’
      • ‘As I said, my brother was in the army and I had no father, which meant I had a deferment because I was the support of my mother.’
      • ‘This was not an uncommon scene in 1970, when medical deferments were a frequently used avenue for those reluctant to take part in the unpopular war in Vietnam.’

Pronunciation:

deferment

/dɪˈfəːm(ə)nt/