cool·​ing-off ˈkü-liŋ-ˈȯf How to pronounce cooling-off (audio)
: designed to allow passions to cool or to permit negotiation between parties
a cooling-off period

Examples of cooling-off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, after a cooling-off period, social neuroscientists are dredging the cells from the biological muck. Quanta Magazine, 2 Apr. 2024 This practice was such a big problem in the United Kingdom that government regulators had to step in and introduce a mandatory cooling-off period. Simon Hill, WIRED, 26 Feb. 2024 Supporters said the measure, sponsored by Sen. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Loudoun), would reduce suicides and crimes of passion by creating a cooling-off period. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024 That action would trigger an automatic 10-day cooling-off period, which is required under state law. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, 17 Jan. 2024 The Quincy Institute’s findings come as some in Congress seek to impose additional constraints, including a longer cooling-off period before senior officials can be employed by certain contractors and tighter rules for employment by foreign governments. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2023 FanDuel and DraftKings, for example, allow customers to set deposit limits, wager limits, time limits, and cooling-off/time-out periods. Rachel Epstein, Men's Health, 22 Aug. 2023 And maybe the state Legislature should consider following California’s example by enacting a three-day cooling-off period for dating services. Globe Staff,, 21 Aug. 2023 Many states, for example, have a right of rescission in timeshare sales, and a cooling-off period is built into many annuity purchases. Anjeanette Damon, ProPublica, 2 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cooling-off was in 1926

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“Cooling-off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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