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

Definition of deferral

: the act of delaying : postponement

Examples of deferral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the borrower can afford only their old payment, a deferral might be the right answer, in which the delinquent balance is added to the back end of the loan. Washington Post, 7 May 2021 President Biden has proposed a variation of this by providing a tax credit instead of an income tax deduction or deferral for retirement plan contributions. Bob Carlson, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 The first phase also includes a deferral of the recovery of previous payments, which total $23.4 million, and a commitment from the state to continue funding resident and staff testing through the end of March. Emily Brindley,, 30 Dec. 2020 In the end, Bonano moved for the deferral, which was unanimously approved. Faimon Roberts,, 3 Feb. 2021 But critics questioned the timing of Cuomo’s generous deferral. Adam Andrzejewski, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 Hudson and Whitehead said that Chicken Salad Chick did not need the rent deferral despite the initial concerns about plummeting foot traffic inside the government building. al, 13 Apr. 2021 With the prospect of future income tax increases, the present value of paying income taxes today may be superior to the normal strategy of saving through tax deferral. Steve Parrish, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 Other medical crises were triggered by the pandemic, as health deteriorated from prolonged lockdowns, isolation, and deferral of care for fear of contagion. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 22 Mar. 2021

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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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3 Jun 2021

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“Deferral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of deferral

: the act of delaying or deferring something

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