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verb (used with object), post·poned, post·pon·ing.
- to put off to a later time; defer: He has postponed his departure until tomorrow.
- to place after in order of importance or estimation; subordinate: to postpone private ambitions to the public welfare.
Origin of postpone
1490–1500;Related formspost·pon·a·ble, adjectivepost·pone·ment, nounpost·pon·er, nounnon·post·pon·a·ble, adjectivenon·post·pone·ment, nounre·post·pone, verb (used with object), re·post·poned, re·post·pon·ing.self-post·pone·ment, nounun·post·pon·a·ble, adjectiveun·post·poned, adjectivewell-post·poned, adjective
< Latin postpōnere
to put after, lay aside, equivalent to post- post-
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British Dictionary definitions for unpostponable
Derived Formspostponable, adjectivepostponement, nounpostponer, noun
- to put off or delay until a future time
- to put behind in order of importance; defer
C16: from Latin postpōnere to put after, neglect, from post- + ponere to place
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Word Origin and History for unpostponable
c.1500, from Latin postponere "put after; esteem less; neglect; postpone," from post "after" (see post-) + ponere "put, place" (see position (n.)). Related: Postponed; postponing.
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