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 moratorium (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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Recent Examples on the Web That was the crux of the lawsuit landlords filed in the fall challenging the constitutionality of the filing moratorium. Washington Post, "Judge denies District’s latest request to stop eviction filings," 26 Feb. 2021 The city council president confirmed evictions of this nature -- outside of the moratorium -- have been a problem in Lakewood. John Benson, cleveland, "Lakewood City Council considering expansion of renters’ rights regarding evictions during a pandemic," 24 Feb. 2021 Struggling Arizona renters and landlords will be able to begin to apply for almost a half- billion dollars in federal aid before the end of the national eviction moratorium on March 31. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, "New aid for struggling Arizona renters, landlords is here: How to apply for help," 12 Feb. 2021 The extension of the partial eviction moratorium would apply more broadly, even to households that make more than 80% of the median income in their area. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "California would extend eviction moratorium through June under deal between Newsom, lawmakers," 25 Jan. 2021 The extension of the moratorium on residential evictions was announced Wednesday by the new director of the U.S. Center for Disease Control, Dr. Rochelle Walensky. John Simerman, NOLA.com, "Longer eviction ban, Biden executive orders draw sighs of short-term relief in New Orleans area," 22 Jan. 2021 Affected businesses would have six months from the end of the moratorium to make any outstanding payments. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego to add $42 million for rent relief; Mayor proposes additional eviction ban," 21 Jan. 2021 The end of the moratorium means municipalities can start passing their own nondiscrimination ordinances, but there are limits. NBC News, "N. Carolina cities begin passing historic LGBTQ nondiscrimination laws," 17 Jan. 2021 Continuation of the evictions moratorium with a specific timeline to avoid surprises and a surge in evictions. Scott Mcclallen, Washington Examiner, "Walz asks Minnesota Legislature to enact COVID-19 orders to prepare for end of emergency powers," 8 Jan. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moratorium. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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