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

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Bradham accepted a deferred prosecution program and the incident, keeping the case out of court. Zach Berman The Philadelphia Inquirer And Daily News, star-telegram, "Philadelphia Eagles LB suspended one game following assault of Miami hotel employee," 29 June 2018 Instead, the deferred salary was devoted to charity. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, "Kasim Reed’s South Africa trip probe restarts after concerns about cost," 3 July 2018 The plea agreement included a deferred sentence, no jail time and a probation that expires this summer. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "On Chiefs star Tyreek Hill, shamed baseball prospect Luke Heimlich, and second chances," 7 June 2018 The deferred costs, some going back as far as 2002, are primarily tied to We Energies’ transmission system and a power plant in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "We Energies, WPS customers' bills will drop because of the lower corporate tax rate," 26 Apr. 2018 The Orioles have five players with known deferred money on their contracts — Cobb, Cashner, Davis, O'Day, and Trumbo. Jon Meoli,, "Don't buy sticker price: Orioles' use of deferred money in contracts helped land Cobb," 22 Mar. 2018 Hundreds of Boston Marathon entrants were unable to make the trip and were granted the option of deferred entry into the 2011 Boston Marathon Matt Rocheleau can be reached at Matt Rocheleau,, "Is this the worst weather ever at the Boston Marathon?," 16 Apr. 2018 Pfizer said the deferred price increases will still take effect by Jan. 1 or earlier if Mr. Trump implements his plan to reform prescription drug prices. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Drug Supply Chain Feels the Trump Effect," 11 July 2018 This wasn’t a textbook case of deferred gratification, of sacrificing the present for some potential future gain. David Murphy,, "Sixers smart to make NBA draft trade, build portfolio in more than one way | David Murphy," 21 June 2018

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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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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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