[ mawr-uh-tawr-ee-uhm, -tohr-, mor- ]
/ ˌmɔr əˈtɔr i əm, -ˈtoʊr-, ˌmɒr- /
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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.
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Origin of moratorium
1870–75; <New Latin, Late Latin morātōrium, noun use of neuter of morātōriusmoratory
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How to use moratorium in a sentence
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British Dictionary definitions for 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 of moratoriummoratory (ˈmɒrətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective
Word Origin for moratorium
C19: New Latin, from Late Latin morātōrius dilatory, from mora delay
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Cultural definitions for 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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