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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Recent Examples on the Web For an unemployment deferment, the duration is every six months. Ryan Lane Of Nerdwallet, Chron, "How to keep your student loan payment at $0," 4 Feb. 2021 Following the deferment, only principal is paid for 60 months. Star Tribune Staff Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Minnesota briefs: 10 Hibbing businesses awarded loans to weather pandemic," 23 Jan. 2021 Earlier Thursday, producers of the French Quarter Festival formally announced their own festival's deferment from April to the fall. Keith Spera,, "2021 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival to be postponed to fall, source says; see new dates," 14 Jan. 2021 Taxpayers must file deferment applications with the Town of Suffield Tax Collector by the end of the day on Monday Jan. 25., "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 31 Dec. 2020 Whether taxpayers need to apply for the deferment also varies from town to town, the Hartford Courant reported. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Sandhill cranes, black-footed ferrets, Washington crossing the Delaware: News from around our 50 states," 28 Dec. 2020 Her tenure as circuit attorney has been defined by a dramatic overhaul of police measures, including the deferment of prison sentences for misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Soros reshapes prosecutor landscape with crucial victories despite Democratic down-ballot struggles," 17 Dec. 2020 Under the law, deferment waivers for military service would be granted to pop musicians who have won awards. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "BTS is Time's Entertainer of the Year," 10 Dec. 2020 The message from rally-goers was not that necessarily that restaurants must remain open, but that the industry needs some sort of financial help — sales tax relief, rent relief, a deferment on payroll tax, rent relief, etc. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Dozens of Connecticut restaurant workers protest outside Governor’s Residence, demanding help for struggling businesses," 14 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of deferment was in 1607

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25 Feb 2021

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“Deferment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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