moratorium

[ mawr-uh-tawr-ee-uh m, -tohr-, mor- ]
/ ˌmɔr əˈtɔr i əm, -ˈtoʊr-, ˌmɒr- /

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.

a suspension of activity: a moratorium on the testing of nuclear weapons.
a legally authorized period to delay payment of money due or the performance of some other legal obligation, as in an emergency.
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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British Dictionary definitions for moratoria

moratorium

/ (ˌmɒrəˈtɔːrɪəm) /

noun plural -ria (-rɪə) or -riums

a legally authorized postponement of the fulfilment of an obligation
an agreed suspension of activity

Derived Forms

moratory (ˈmɒrətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin for moratorium

C19: New Latin, from Late Latin morātōrius dilatory, from mora delay
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Culture definitions for moratoria

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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