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deferment

[dih-fur-muh nt]
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noun
  1. the act of deferring or putting off; postponement.
  2. a temporary exemption from induction into military service.
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Origin of deferment

First recorded in 1605–15; defer1 + -ment
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  • But deferment made the heart sick, and the brain and almost the stomach.

    The Cup of Fury

    Rupert Hughes

  • Life is neither remembrance nor anticipation, neither regret nor deferment, but present realization.

  • The forging of the weapon, and its adequate preparation for use, are not matters susceptible of deferment until the crucial hour.

    Sound Military Decision

    U.s. Naval War College

  • Theodosia argued for a deferment of the marriage, quoting Aristotle, that a man should not marry till he was thirty-six.


British Dictionary definitions for deferment

deferment

deferral (dɪˈfɜːrəl)

noun
  1. the act of deferring or putting off until another time; postponement
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Word Origin and History for deferment

n.

1610s, from defer (v.1) + -ment. As a word for "conditional exemption from a military draft" it dates to 1918, American English.

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