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New Latin from Late Latin morātōrium, noun use of the neuter of morātōrius (“moratory, delaying”), from Latin moror (“I delay”), from mora (“delay”), from Proto-Indo-European *mere (“to delay, hinder”). See also moratory.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˌmɒ.ɹəˈtɔː.ɹɪəm/, /ˌmɔː.ɹəˈtɔː.ɹɪəm/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˌmɔ.ɹəˈtɔ.ɹi.əm/
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- (law) An authorization to a debtor, permitting temporary suspension of payments. [from 19th c.]
- A suspension of an ongoing activity. [from 20th c.]
- Canada may put a moratorium on cloning for research.
- 1990, Gerhard Falk, Murder, an Analysis of its Forms, Conditions, and Causes, McFarland.
- It so happened that at that time the moratorium on the death penalty caused by the Supreme Court decision in the Furman case was still in effect.
suspension of an ongoing activity
- Moratorium on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- Moratorium in the 1905 edition of the New International Encyclopedia.
Inflection of moratorium