moratorium

[mawr-uh-tawr-ee-uh m, -tohr-, mor-]
noun, plural mor·a·to·ri·a [mawr-uh-tawr-ee-uh, -tohr-, mor-] /ˌmɔr əˈtɔr i ə, -ˈtoʊr-, ˌmɒr-/, mor·a·to·ri·ums.
  1. a suspension of activity: a moratorium on the testing of nuclear weapons.
  2. a legally authorized period to delay payment of money due or the performance of some other legal obligation, as in an emergency.
  3. an authorized period of delay or waiting.

Origin of moratorium

1870–75; < New Latin, Late Latin morātōrium, noun use of neuter of morātōrius moratory
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moratorium

noun plural -ria (-rɪə) or -riums
  1. a legally authorized postponement of the fulfilment of an obligation
  2. an agreed suspension of activity
Derived Formsmoratory (ˈmɒrətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin for moratorium

C19: New Latin, from Late Latin morātōrius dilatory, from mora delay
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Word Origin and History for moratoria
n.

Latin plural of moratorium.

moratorium

n.

1875, originally a legal term for "authorization to a debtor to postpone payment," from neuter of Late Latin moratorius "tending to delay," from Latin morari "to delay," from mora "pause, delay," from PIE *mere- "to hinder, delay." The word didn't come out of italics until 1914. General sense of "a postponement, deliberate temporary suspension" is first recorded 1932. Related: Moratorial.

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moratoria in Culture

moratorium

[(mawr-uh-tawr-ee-uhm)]

A period of delay agreed to by parties to a dispute or parties who are negotiating. A moratorium may also be an authorized delay in the repayment of a loan, especially by a nation (as in a moratorium on war debts).

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