Definition of deferment in English:

deferment

noun

  • 1The action or fact of putting something off to a later time; postponement.

    ‘deferment of the decision’
    • ‘Subsequent deferments would follow the same structure.’
    • ‘The members have called for the deferment of the increases to allow tenants come to terms with the new rents.’
    • ‘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."’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Eligibility for deferment is based solely on the repayer's income.’
    • ‘Congress has condemned such actions, but has, through delay and deferment, resisted sending legislation to the President for possible veto.’
    • ‘A quarter of committee members, led by Councillor Moira Lewis, called for further deferment of the plans.’
    • ‘This deferment has prolonged the time spent on considering the future of the two units.’
    • ‘Malmesbury maternity unit campaigners will continue to fight to save the unit following the deferment of a decision on its future.’
    • ‘In the third paragaph he referred to the Paris Club and the deferment of repayments until 1999.’
    • ‘An IOC spokesman said last night the deferment was made in the interest of "fairness" to the athletes.’
    • ‘That inserted step had no business purpose apart from the deferment of tax, although it had a business effect.’
    • ‘For the sake of efficiency and fairness, various tax deferments will be further reduced.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The release is very clear to mention that existing products that use these products will not be affected by this deferment.’
    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.
      ‘he was granted five deferments from the draft’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The back condition that apparently led to Dr. Dean's deferment had been discovered years before his armed services physical.’

Pronunciation:

deferment

/dəˈfərmənt/