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 That was a reference to a deferment that allowed Trump to not serve in the Vietnam War due to bone spurs., "No one was suggesting the GOP’s schism with Trump over Syria would soften the party’s opposition to tossing him out of office.," 17 Oct. 2019 The bureaucrats, headed by cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba, will also look into demands of the industry, including deferment in spectrum payment for two financial years. Mansi Taneja, Quartz India, "Unless the government intervenes, Indian telecom will hurtle towards a duopoly," 18 Nov. 2019 Rybovich has never planned the use of any Opportunity Zone tax deferment for its property. Justin Elliott, ProPublica, "A Trump Tax Break To Help The Poor Went To a Rich GOP Donor’s Superyacht Marina," 18 Nov. 2019 And definitely work to get the student loans out of deferment, because that, too, is adding to your debt burden. Washington Post, "When a breakup leaves you broke, this is how to get back on your feet," 22 Oct. 2019 Students were restless on other fronts, too: While men who were enrolled in college were generally granted deferments for the draft, in 1969, many Yale men were still technically eligible for it. Ashley Fetters, The Atlantic, "Yale’s First Women Changed Their School Amid a Changing America," 22 Sep. 2019 Engineering and science students received Selective Service deferments, their fields deemed critical to the national interest. Karen Heller, Washington Post, "The hard-charging space program: Breakthroughs, breakdowns and breakneck," 18 June 2019 The deferments will also affect Hurricane Maria recovery at Puerto Rico military facilities. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego military construction projects won’t be cut to fund wall, Defense Department list shows," 4 Sep. 2019 Trump has long defended his deferments as legitimate. Wire Service Reports,, "Trump pledges student loan debt forgiveness for disabled veterans as he addresses AMVETS convention," 21 Aug. 2019

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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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8 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Deferment.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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