- moratorium: see demur
- moratorium (n.)
- 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.
- 1. The House voted to impose a one-year moratorium on nuclear testing.
- 2. The convention called for a two-year moratorium on commercial whaling.
- 3. The government has called for a moratorium on weapons testing.
- 4. We recommended a moratorium on two particular kinds of experiments.
- 5. A moratorium or reparations payments emerged soon after the bank began operations.
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