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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web Later that month, the city council approved another moratorium on homeless resource centers for another year. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 The Biden administration recently extended the moratorium through August. Matt Grossman, WSJ, 10 May 2022 After the moratorium, AES Indiana permanently extended its payment arrangements to six months. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 9 May 2022 The moratorium, Sinclair says, would give communities time to evaluate their approach to solar energy. BostonGlobe.com, 5 May 2022 The roughly 2,000 eviction cases filed by landlords every week since March are roughly 40 percent more than the number filed in mid-January, after the state’s eviction moratorium expired. New York Times, 2 May 2022 Legacy Property Management, which manages apartments in the Portland area, alone has filed to evict 38 households for nonpayment since the eviction moratorium expired at the end of June. oregonlive, 15 Oct. 2021 Bridge said besides getting rental aid immediately, there are other protections for struggling renters now that the moratorium has expired. Catherine Reagor, The Arizona Republic, 28 Aug. 2021 The moratorium expired July 31 after federal lawmakers were not able to produce any last-minute legislation to extend it. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 27 Aug. 2021 See More

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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 16 May. 2022.

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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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