de·​fer·​ral | \ di-ˈfər-əl \

Definition of deferral

: the act of delaying : postponement

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In 2007, the Town of Sharon lowered its interest rate for new deferrals to 3 percent. Sean P. Murphy,, "An inheritance damaged by delayed taxes," 18 June 2018 After months of polite deferrals, Sundar Pichai finally went before Congress on Tuesday, and over the course of three and a half hours, said as little as possible. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Congress missed another chance to hold big tech accountable," 12 Dec. 2018 The result the Supreme Court reached in Clinton v. Jones — that presidents are not constitutionally entitled to deferral of civil suits — may well have been entirely correct; that is beyond the scope of this inquiry. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Does Brett Kavanaugh think the president is immune from criminal charges?," 11 July 2018 For 2018, contribution limits for a traditional IRA are $5,500 for people under age 50 and $6,500 for folks 50 or higher, but higher-income folks generally won’t qualify for tax-deferral — consult your tax adviser for your details. Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "401(k) limits: 7 answers to your top retirement plan questions," 1 July 2018 The department, meanwhile, received 558 applications for deferrals. Jessica Lee, The Seattle Times, "‘Enough is enough’: Some local homeowners say this year’s property-tax increase will force them to move," 1 Apr. 2018 But the Court in Jones stated that Congress is free to provide a temporary deferral of civil suits while the President is in office. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Does Brett Kavanaugh think the president is immune from criminal charges?," 11 July 2018 In May, when Chrystina Russell and Nina Weaver, the two American women who lead SNHU’s refugee education programs, arrived at the camp to check on student progress, Maduk was prepared to ask for a one-year deferral. Deirdre Fernandes,, "An education in hope," 7 July 2018 That deferral only extends until August 1st, and the department hasn’t made any announcements on whether there are any plans to permanently lift the ban. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Huawei slams FCC proposal to bar funds for Chinese telecom gear," 5 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of deferral

: the act of delaying or deferring something

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