One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A temporary prohibition of an activity.‘an indefinite moratorium on the use of drift nets’
embargo, ban, prohibition, suspension, postponement, stay, stoppage, halt, freeze, standstill, respite, hiatus, delay, deferment, deferral, adjournmentView synonyms
- ‘That is, there should be a moratorium on the billions of dollars spent on servicing the national debt and this money should immediately be diverted back to social programs such as health care and education.’
- ‘Building homes on the Vale of York flood plain had contributed to the devastation caused by the floods, she said, and she called for a moratorium on construction until the possible consequences were known.’
- ‘They have lifted a long-standing moratorium on offshore oil and gas exploration as part of their commitment to doubling petroleum production.’
- ‘It was simply due to the fact that the British, American and Soviet governments agreed a temporary moratorium on all nuclear testing in October 1958.’
- ‘It is calling for planning laws to promote opportunities for locally-owned stores and also wants a moratorium on existing food stores being taken over by larger supermarket chains.’
- ‘A temporary moratorium on new computers has been imposed by the service.’
- ‘It called on all nations, particularly the United States, to introduce and support regulations that would create a worldwide moratorium on human reproductive cloning.’
- ‘The government must adopt a precautionary approach and finally listen to calls for a moratorium on the expansion of salmon farming.’
- ‘Politicians called for a global moratorium on human cloning until the consequences of such procedures are better understood.’
- ‘To the delight of abolitionist groups, Robertson went even further this past April when he voiced his support for a general moratorium on the death penalty.’
- ‘You see, the House has quietly imposed a moratorium on taking new ethics cases and suspended any work on existing cases.’
- ‘For the last two years there has been a moratorium on new developments across the health boards, because of freezes in funding.’
- ‘The document declared that the 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling had been intended as a temporary measure and is no longer necessary.’
- ‘In 2004, the city placed a two-year moratorium on new permits, meaning no opportunities exist for new publications to be distributed on city sidewalks.’
- ‘In 2003 the US government put a temporary moratorium on the development of specialist hospitals that are partly owned by the doctors using them.’
- ‘The plan also calls for a temporary moratorium on moose hunting in the McGrath area.’
- ‘The moratorium on public housing, the dismantling of rent control, and the privatization of utilities have caused the cost of living in Toronto to skyrocket over the last decade.’
- ‘A moratorium on cod fishing off the Irish coast could soon be in place unless drastic action is taken to protect cod numbers.’
- ‘There's a federal moratorium on human cloning, and there is a discussion, a national discussion and international discussion that's ongoing.’
- ‘‘Seven out of nine of those communities have categorically rejected the lifting of the moratorium on oil and gas drilling,’ Cadman said.’
- 1.1Law A legal authorization to debtors to postpone payment.
postponement, deferral, suspension, putting back, putting off, adjournment, delay, shelving, rescheduling, interruption, arrest, pauseView synonyms
- ‘The downside of a moratorium is that when it is lifted, payments are bunched up and the cost of borrowing could rise, meaning countries will find it even harder reduce their debt.’
- ‘One source of revenue is the unilateral debt moratorium that began in December 2001.’
- ‘For Germany, the economic and financial crisis led US President Hoover to announce on 21 June 1931 a one-year moratorium for reparation payments.’
- ‘There's nothing inconsistent with the Government now saying there should be a moratorium and a payment of the lower amount.’
- ‘The moratorium offer includes the suspension of payments of debt principal and interest for a certain period of time.’
Late 19th century: modern Latin, neuter (used as a noun) of late Latin moratorius ‘delaying’, from Latin morat- ‘delayed’, from the verb morari, from mora ‘delay’.
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