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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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 Federal loans also have provisions for deferment, a time period where your loans do not accrue interest. David J. Nguyen, The Conversation, "5 things to consider before taking out a student loan," 28 Aug. 2019 If their salary drops below the $40,000 threshold or a student loses his or her job, that student will be put on deferment status. Slade Rand,, "Holberton School, newly arrived in Connecticut, trains software engineers and allows students to defer tuition payments until they have a job," 29 July 2019 With a deferment, the federal government pays the interest on subsidized loans (up to a maximum of three years). Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Struggling to pay student loans? You could be targeted by scammers," 10 July 2019 Moulton criticized the fact that Trump did not serve in Vietnam, instead receiving a deferment. Fox News, "2020 Dem Seth Moulton: Trump 'harder to beat' than party thinks, but right coalition can best him," 26 June 2019 Nelson, 43, doesn’t regret choosing a career in social services, although her bachelor’s and master’s degrees left her with $100,000 in student loans, which are in deferment. Wendi C. Thomas, ProPublica, "The Nonprofit Hospital That Makes Millions, Owns a Collection Agency and Relentlessly Sues the Poor," 27 June 2019 Engineering and science students received Selective Service deferments, their fields deemed critical to the national interest., "The hard-charging space program: Breakthroughs, breakdowns and breakneck," 27 June 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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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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