de·​ferred | \ di-ˈfərd How to pronounce deferred (audio) \

Definition of deferred

1 : withheld for or until a stated time a deferred payment
2 : charged in cases of delayed handling telegraphs sent at deferred rates

Examples of deferred in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The deferred prosecution agreement will prevent the company from facing multiple charges of computer intrusion and wire fraud. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Ticketmaster Agrees to Pay $10M Fine in Songkick Hacking Scandal," 30 Dec. 2020 Madigan, D-Chicago, hasn’t been charged by federal prosecutors, but he has been implicated time and again in criminal proceedings against five individuals and in a deferred prosecution agreement with the utility. Greg Bishop, Washington Examiner, "Pritzker 'disappointed’ committee investigating Madigan didn’t call him to testify in bribery scheme," 16 Dec. 2020 Under a deferred prosecution agreement, the patient received mental health treatment and the case was dismissed in 2019., "Our subscribers make this reporting possible. Please consider supporting local journalism by subscribing to the Journal Sentinel.," 10 Dec. 2020 On the contrary, deferred maintenance of roads, bridges and other physical structures have produced costs, not savings, for current and future generations, as has skimping on early childhood programs and our educational systems. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Republicans are complaining (again) about the budget deficit," 4 Dec. 2020 In July, ComEd entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. attorney’s office and agreed to pay a $200 million fine while pledging cooperation in the ongoing federal investigation. Ray Long,, "New cache of ComEd documents shows indicted Madigan confidant pressing utility for jobs and contracts," 25 Nov. 2020 As a result, earlier this year, Wells Fargo entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the government, but no executives were prosecuted. Jed S. Rakoff, The New York Review of Books, "Getting Away With Murder," 17 Nov. 2020 Moore pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor in February and received a deferred adjudication. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Put it on the board! Longhorns only need one play to score as Sam Ehlinger connects with Josh Moore.," 12 Sep. 2020 The deferred school spending was part of $11.1 billion in cuts that lawmakers had hoped to rescind once additional coronavirus relief funds were approved by President Trump and Congress — a package that never materialized. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, "California could see a $26-billion windfall followed by growing deficits, analysts say," 18 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of deferred

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deferred

from past participle of defer entry 1

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The first known use of deferred was in 1651

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“Deferred.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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de·​ferred | \ di-ˈfərd \

Legal Definition of deferred

: withheld or delayed for or until a stated time a deferred payment deferred prosecution

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