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waiting period

noun
1.
a specified delay, required by law, between officially stating an intention and acting on it, as between securing a marriage license and getting married.
2.
Insurance. the required delay between the date of inception of a claim and the date on which the indemnity becomes payable, as in workmen's compensation insurance or unemployment insurance.
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  • It was during this waiting period that we quite unexpectedly ran across V—— and R——.

    The Land of Nome Lanier McKee
  • Finally, President Wilson used the waiting period for the education of American public opinion.

    Germany, The Next Republic?

    Carl W. Ackerman
  • However, he encouraged them in every effort they made to divert themselves and to occupy their minds during the waiting period.

  • This regulation was modified later owing to the waiting period being unexpectedly prolonged.

    The Blocking of Zeebrugge Alfred F. B. Carpenter
  • At Cradley this waiting period was abused by some of the employers to a considerable extent.

    Women in Modern Industry

    B. L. Hutchins

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