de·​fer·​ment di-ˈfər-mənt How to pronounce deferment (audio)
: 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
Recent Examples on the Web Adib was drafted after losing his student deferment. John Kelly, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2023 In recent years, a number of recipient governments have asked for debt deferment or relief treatment from creditors including China, with Beijing issuing bailout loans and joining other lenders in joint negotiations on debt relief for troubled borrowers such as Zambia and Ghana. Simone McCarthy, CNN, 26 Sep. 2023 In August, the military cut back on deferments for chronic diseases. Maria Varenikova, New York Times, 8 Nov. 2023 As a last resort, contact your servicer to request a temporary pause or lower payments through short-term relief (deferment or forbearance). Medora Lee, USA TODAY, 6 June 2023 During times of deferment or forbearance periods, interest will still accrue. Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY, 12 June 2023 Certain periods of deferment and forbearance will count toward forgiveness: Some periods of deferment and forgiveness will count toward forgiveness. Ruth Serven Smith |, al, 10 Sep. 2023 Faced with those types of consequences, many struggling borrowers chose forbearance or deferment to avoid defaulting on their student loans. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2023 Periods of nonpayment, as well as most periods of deferment and forbearance, would not count. Adam S. Minsky, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


defer entry 1 + -ment

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deferment was in 1607

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“Deferment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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de·​fer·​ment di-ˈfər-mənt How to pronounce deferment (audio)
: the act of delaying
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