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

Definition of deferral

: the act of delaying : postponement

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Hall had asked for several deferrals on the project during the recession, taking it back several years. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "Developer says subdivision construction coming this summer in Hobart," 7 June 2019 Courts have required the administration to maintain DACA for people who were already receiving deferrals, but judges haven't required DHS to continue to accept new DACA requests. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Appeals Court Rules Against Trump on Canceling DACA Protections," 8 Nov. 2018 Many investors underestimate the importance of tax deferral. Tom Herman, WSJ, "The Smart Ways to Be a Tax-Savvy Investor," 10 Feb. 2019 With Social Security, some seniors hoping to qualify for assistance reported annual incomes that barely surpass the state’s maximum of $45,000 for tax deferrals or $40,000 for exemptions. 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 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

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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