Definition of deferment in English:


Line breaks: de¦fer|ment
Pronunciation: /dɪˈfəːm(ə)nt


[mass noun]
1The action or fact of putting something off to a later time; postponement: deferment of the decision
More example sentences
  • Malmesbury maternity unit campaigners will continue to fight to save the unit following the deferment of a decision on its future.
  • A quarter of committee members, led by Councillor Moira Lewis, called for further deferment of the plans.
  • The maximum amount of deferment you can receive for unemployment or economic hardship is 3 years, and that's for the life of the loan.
postponement, deferral, suspension, putting off/back, adjournment, delay, shelving, rescheduling, interruption, arrest, pause; respite, stay, moratorium, reprieve, grace; North Americantabling; North American Lawcontinuation
rare put-off
1.1US historical The postponement of a person’s conscription: [count noun]: he was granted five deferments from the draft
More example sentences
  • As I said, my brother was in the army and I had no father, which meant I had a deferment because I was the support of my mother.
  • But Williams got deferments when first drafted.
  • This was not an uncommon scene in 1970, when medical deferments were a frequently used avenue for those reluctant to take part in the unpopular war in Vietnam.

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