Simple Definition of moratorium
: a time when a particular activity is not allowed
Examples of moratorium
In 2000, Illinois declared a moratorium on executions after 13 death-row inmates were exonerated. —Evan Thomas et al., Newsweek, 19 Nov. 2007
But one country's moratorium is another country's protectionism, and the U.S. is suspicious of Europe's actions. —Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 13 Sept. 1999
The striped bass are recovering strongly after a moratorium on catching them. —John P. Wiley, Jr., Smithsonian, November 1993
Her office was crammed with ungraded school papers, some of them dating back five years. She was far behind in her work—so far behind that she had declared a moratorium on school work until she could catch up on her grading. —Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., The Sirens of Titan, 1959
The treaty calls for a nuclear testing moratorium.
<the director of the blood bank called for a moratorium in donations until the surplus could be used up>
Origin of moratorium
New Latin, from Late Latin, neuter of moratorius dilatory, from Latin morari to delay, from mora delay
First Known Use: 1875
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