de·​fer·​ral | \ di-ˈfər-əl How to pronounce deferral (audio) \

Definition of deferral

: the act of delaying : postponement

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Recent Examples on the Web Close to 20% of committee reviews resulted in a deferral. ProPublica, 9 June 2022 In that deferral lay more than just Andrew's retirement from public duties, however temporary or permanent that may turn out to be. Guy Martin, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 And the majority who did chose to move money into stocks as prices declined. At T. Rowe Price, most 401(k) plan participants made no change to their investments or salary deferral rates. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, 20 July 2022 The average deferral rate for Vanguard savers was 7.3% in 2021, and 11.2% when the employer contribution was taken into account. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 7 July 2022 In practice, providers say, the result is constant deferral and delay. ProPublica, 9 June 2022 Check with your company’s 401(k) plan administrator for the process of making changes in your compensation deferral election. Bruce Brumberg, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 Some may have programs such as buybacks (which means the buying back of goods) or a one-month payment deferral offers. Renée Sylvestre-williams,, 14 Dec. 2021 This will reduce your taxable income in the year of deferral. Bruce Brumberg, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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14 Aug 2022

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“Deferral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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