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
Recent Examples on the Web The family suffered income loss during the pandemic, prompting Simmons to receive a 12-month deferment offered through the CARES Act. Tamaryn Waters, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2022 Despite that signaling, Fidelity says investors want access to digital assets like Bitcoin, and doing so through 401(k) contributions will enable them to benefit from dollar cost averaging and tax deferment. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 26 Apr. 2022 Dmitry, a 25-year-old IT expert, has a deferment that should keep him out of the draft for medical reasons., 1 Apr. 2022 Roughly 30% of these borrowers were in forbearance or deferment as of December 2021, compared to nearly all federal borrowers covered by the moratorium. Courtney Vinopal, Quartz, 23 Mar. 2022 Their eldest son, Clem, has given up his Vietnam War student deferment in a rash fit of moral recalibration. Mark Athitakis, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2021 Interest may continue to accrue and, if unpaid, will be added to the loan balance at the end of the deferment or forbearance period. Mark Kantrowitz, Forbes, 23 May 2021 Allow certain deferments and forbearances to count as payments in instances where that status would otherwise count towards qualifying PSLF employment, such as a graduate fellowship deferment. Adam S. Minsky, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 This deferment of decision-making responsibility is done with the knowledge that some actions will adversely affect the quality of life of individuals within society. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 5 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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“Deferment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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