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Definition of deferral

: the act of delaying : postponement

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Recent Examples on the Web The person would typically fill out a form that asks for a case number and what type of resolution is being sought (a plea agreement, deferral, etc.). Crystal Hill, The Indianapolis Star, "More Indianapolis drivers can now resolve traffic violations without going to court," 27 June 2020 Assemblyman Edward Thomson, who is not a member of the budget committee, criticized the deferral of nearly $1 billion in pension payments to FY2021. Kim Jarrett, Washington Examiner, "Supplemental $7.7B spending plan advances from New Jersey committee," 26 June 2020 Miss Juneteenth is about self-sacrifice and deferral, but also the realization that some kinds of joy need to happen immediately. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "In Miss Juneteenth, a Mother’s Dream Deferred," 19 June 2020 The legislation approved Wednesday also allows payroll tax deferral for recipients and extends a two-year repayment deadline for the balance of loans that are not forgiven. Erica Werner, Anchorage Daily News, "Senate passes bill to increase flexibility for small business loan program, sending to Trump’s desk," 4 June 2020 The union did not offer to take a pay cut in its ongoing dialogue with Major League Baseball on starting the season, but did raise the possibility of deferrals for the first time. Peter Abraham,, "MLB players offer new proposal, which would include 114-game regular season," 1 June 2020 Ally Financial, for instance, is offering payment deferrals for up to 120 days without additional fees -- although, again, interest will accrue. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Can't make your car payments? Here's what to do," 5 May 2020 Renters have sought payment deferrals from their landlords and many cities and states have halted evictions. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "D-FW apartment demand bounces back," 29 Apr. 2020 The administration’s consideration of a deferral was reported earlier by Bloomberg News. New York Times, "White House Considers Postponing Tariffs to Help Businesses: Live Updates," 26 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of deferral

1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deferral

defer entry 1 + -al entry 2

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The first known use of deferral was in 1865

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8 Jul 2020

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“Deferral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of deferral

: the act of delaying or deferring something

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