- 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
Related Wordsreprieve, pause, halt, postponement, freeze, delay, ban, truce, deferment, adjournment, breather, break, respite, abeyance, downtime, stay, five
Examples from the Web for moratorium
It was the moment that led Ryan to order a moratorium on the death penalty in Illinois.
In 2011, Illinois extended the moratorium begun under Governor Ryan into a full ban on capital punishment.
His Democratic challenger, Tom Wolf, has promised to issue a moratorium on executions if elected.
Most Pennsylvanians now support a moratorium on capital punishment until its efficacy can be determined.
Alongside Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, he founded the Moratorium Campaign, an anti-death penalty effort.How America Started The Border Crisis
July 25, 2014
France, too, suffered in a like way from the paralysing effect of the moratorium.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
I don't think the Moratorium was intended to work in this sort of way.
The Bulgarians, by the way, began the war with a moratorium.The Balkan Peninsula
There ought to be a sort of moratorium in the matter of social laws.Robin
Frances Hodgson Burnett
We therefore resolved to entrench ourselves behind the Moratorium and prepared for a stubborn resistance.
- a legally authorized postponement of the fulfilment of an obligation
- an agreed suspension of activity
Word Origin and History for moratorium
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.
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).