de·​fer·​ment | \ di-ˈfər-mənt How to pronounce deferment (audio) \

Definition of deferment

: the act of delaying or postponing specifically : official postponement of military service

Examples of deferment in a Sentence

She requested a six-month deferment on her loan. She requested deferment of her loan. the policies of military deferment
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But there was no valor predicted in serial draft deferments and dubious medical conditions. WSJ, "‘Going Down With the Ship’ Is the Sum of a Life of Service," 21 Dec. 2018 The President who had five deferments from Vietnam should not be pulling security clearances away from national heroes like Mr. Brennan. Fox News, "Judge Jeanine: Democrats call in serial 'cleaner' Bob Mueller," 18 Aug. 2018 So in February of 1966, Ali was reclassified 1-A. His request for a deferment would be denied. Alex Fitzpatrick, Time, "Trump Says He Might Pardon Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali. What Did Ali Do?," 8 June 2018 Trump himself never served in Vietnam, having received several deferments for education and medical reasons. Alex Fitzpatrick, Time, "Trump Says He Might Pardon Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali. What Did Ali Do?," 8 June 2018 In 2012, President Obama created the DACA policy, allowing young people without serious criminal records who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children to apply for deportation deferments and work permits. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Community colleges don't plan to appeal ruling denying in-state tuition to DACA students," 22 May 2018 The United Kingdom, Japan and Serbia have shortened their deferment periods to just a couple months. Aaron Randle, kansascity, "'Completely unreasonable': Gay men can donate blood — if they give up sex," 1 July 2018 Trump’s critics have never let him off the hook over military deferments that kept him from dining in a mess hall in Vietnam. David K. Li, Fox News, "Trump 'very sad' over Anthony Bourdain's death," 9 June 2018 Despite having been educated at an elite private military academy, Donald Trump famously drew five draft deferments, including one for bone spurs in his feet. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The Untold Story of Robert Mueller's Time in Combat," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of deferment

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deferment

defer entry 1 + -ment

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English Language Learners Definition of deferment

: official permission to pay for something at a later time
: official permission to do required military service at a later time


de·​fer·​ment | \ di-ˈfər-mənt How to pronounce deferment (audio) \

Kids Definition of deferment

: the act of postponing The soldier received a deferment of his orders.

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