moratorium

noun
mor·​a·​to·​ri·​um | \ ˌmȯr-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-əm How to pronounce moratorium (audio) , ˌmär-\
plural moratoriums or moratoria\ ˌmȯr-​ə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ə How to pronounce moratoria (audio) , ˌmär-​ \

Definition of moratorium

1a : a legally authorized period of delay in the performance of a legal obligation or the payment of a debt
b : a waiting period set by an authority
2 : a suspension of activity

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Examples of moratorium in a Sentence

In 2000, Illinois declared a moratorium on executions after 13 death-row inmates were exonerated. — Evan Thomas et al., Newsweek, 19 Nov. 2007 But one country's moratorium is another country's protectionism, and the U.S. is suspicious of Europe's actions. — Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 13 Sept. 1999 The striped bass are recovering strongly after a moratorium on catching them. — John P. Wiley, Jr., Smithsonian, November 1993 Her office was crammed with ungraded school papers, some of them dating back five years. She was far behind in her work—so far behind that she had declared a moratorium on school work until she could catch up on her grading. — Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., The Sirens of Titan, 1959 The treaty calls for a nuclear testing moratorium. the director of the blood bank called for a moratorium in donations until the surplus could be used up
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The union called for a moratorium on new charters, and the public’s positive response to striking teachers created concern among charter supporters. Howard Blume, latimes.com, "Memo to charter leaders: ‘It’s better to be feared than loved. Right now we are neither’," 2 July 2019 Many scientists around the world have called for a global moratorium on editing DNA in human embryos. STAT, "Alarmed by new ‘CRISPR babies’ plan, top science figures say they’re powerless to stop it," 24 June 2019 Bernie Sanders has called for a moratorium on federal funding of charters until a national review of their growth is conducted. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, "How Teach for America Evolved Into an Arm of the Charter School Movement," 18 June 2019 In the wake of He’s announcement, many scientists renewed calls for an international moratorium on germline editing. David Cyranoski, Scientific American, "Russian Biologist Plans More CRISPR-Edited Babies," 11 June 2019 Before and since He's announcement, researchers around the world have been calling for a moratorium on heritable edits to the human genome. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "First gene-edited babies may be at risk of early death," 3 June 2019 Some of He’s most extreme critics have called for a moratorium on similar work, but Mitalipov hopes the backlash doesn’t interfere with his team’s research. Anna Groves, Discover Magazine, "Human Gene Editing is Controversial. Shoukhrat Mitalipov Isn't Deterred," 15 Apr. 2019 Environmentalists, archaeologists and a coalition of pueblo leaders from elsewhere in New Mexico repeatedly have called for a moratorium on oil and gas drilling in the area. Washington Post, "US land managers shift position on Chaco protection bill," 6 June 2019 That work, which did not go through proper regulatory approvals in China and has been widely condemned as unethical, has drawn calls from some scientists and bioethicists for a global moratorium on human embryo editing. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Update: House spending panel restores U.S. ban on gene-edited babies," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of moratorium

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for moratorium

New Latin, from Late Latin, neuter of moratorius dilatory, from Latin morari to delay, from mora delay

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moratorium

noun

English Language Learners Definition of moratorium

: a time when a particular activity is not allowed

moratorium

noun
mor·​a·​to·​ri·​um | \ ˌmȯr-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-əm How to pronounce moratorium (audio) \
plural moratoriums; plural moratoria

Legal Definition of moratorium

1a : an authorized period of delay in the performance of an obligation (as the paying of a debt)
b : a waiting period set by an authority
2 : a suspension of activity

History and Etymology for moratorium

New Latin, from Late Latin, neuter of moratorius dilatory, from morari to delay, from mora delay

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