de·​fer·​ral di-ˈfər-əl How to pronounce deferral (audio)
: the act of delaying : postponement

Examples of deferral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a result of the deferrals, along with quality issues with engines made by supplier Pratt & Whitney, Spirit is furloughing pilots effective Sept. 1. Shares of Spirit (SAVE) rose about 5% in early trade. Reuters, CNN, 8 Apr. 2024 For all the hysteria surrounding Ohtani’s contract — first the jaw-dropping $700 million figure followed by the unprecedented deferrals — the 2024 Dodgers didn’t substantially improve with his addition. Jorge Castillo, Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2023 What’s clever about this is the deferral is done with no interest meaning that the $68 million is in today’s dollars, not what the value of $68 million with future inflation. Maury Brown, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 The coin flip and the deferral David K. Li The Chiefs have one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in football, Patrick Mahomes, but there’s a reason his team didn’t want to go on offense after winning the coin flip. Jason Abbruzzese, NBC News, 12 Feb. 2024 Commercial property owners can also apply for the deferral if 20 percent of the value of the property was lost. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2024 First off, Ohtani’s staggering contract deferral doesn’t happen without his willingness to do so. Maury Brown, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 San Diego County Supervisors Nora Vargas and Monica Montgomery Steppe sponsored the tax deferral ordinance. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2024 Because the event is still taking place, there will be no refunds, deferrals or transfers. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, 13 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of deferral was in 1865

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“Deferral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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