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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Tesco Stores entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the SFO in April 2017. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "Former Tesco Subsidiary Executive Acquitted in Fraud Case," 25 Jan. 2019 In a statement issued Saturday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said those previously granted deferred action under DACA may request renewal by filing the proper forms. Author: Martin Weil, Clarence Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Government, citing ruling, again will accept requests for DACA protection," 14 Jan. 2018 Hedge-fund managers were making sizable payments because of a deadline for paying taxes on deferred offshore earnings. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Treasury: Federal Budget Surplus for April Largest on Record, Driven by Tax Deposits," 10 May 2018 Corbin’s contract would include $10 million in deferred money, one of the people said. Howard Fendrich, The Seattle Times, "AP sources: Corbin, Nats agree on $140M, 6-year contract," 5 Dec. 2018 For some players, parts of deferred money are discounted to reflect current values. Washington Post, "APNewsBreak: MLB average salary drops, AP study finds," 31 Mar. 2018 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

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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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