1. postponed or delayed.
  2. suspended or withheld for or until a certain time or event: a deferred payment; deferred taxes.
  3. classified as temporarily exempt from induction into military service.

Origin of deferred

First recorded in 1645–55; defer1 + -ed2
Related formsun·de·ferred, adjectivewell-de·ferred, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for undeferred


  1. withheld over a certain period; postponeda deferred payment
  2. (of shares) ranking behind other types of shares for dividend
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Word Origin and History for undeferred



"delayed," 1660s, past participle adjective from defer (v.1).

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