moratorium

noun mor·a·to·ri·um \ ˌmȯr-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-əm , ˌmär- \

Definition of moratorium

plural moratoriums or moratoria play \-ē-ə\
1 a :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

Examples of moratorium in a Sentence

  1. In 2000, Illinois declared a moratorium on executions after 13 death-row inmates were exonerated. —Evan Thomas et al.Newsweek19 Nov. 2007
  2. But one country's moratorium is another country's protectionism, and the U.S. is suspicious of Europe's actions. —Jeffrey KlugerTime13 Sept. 1999
  3. The striped bass are recovering strongly after a moratorium on catching them. —John P. Wiley, Jr.SmithsonianNovember 1993
  4. 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 Titan1959
  5. The treaty calls for a nuclear testing moratorium.

  6. the director of the blood bank called for a moratorium in donations until the surplus could be used up

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Origin and Etymology of moratorium

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


MORATORIUM Defined for English Language Learners

moratorium

noun

Definition of moratorium for English Language Learners

  • : a time when a particular activity is not allowed


Law Dictionary

moratorium

noun mor·a·to·ri·um \ ˌmȯr-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-əm \

legal Definition of moratorium

plural moratoriums; plural moratoria
1 a :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

Origin and Etymology of moratorium

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



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