• WordNet 3.6
    • n deferment act of putting off to a future time
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Deferment The act of delaying; postponement. "My grief, joined with the instant business,
      Begs a deferment ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n deferment A putting off; postponement.
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  • Seneca
    “The deferring of anger is the best antidote to anger.”
  • Mikhail Bakunin
    Mikhail Bakunin
    “Does it follow that I reject all authority? Perish the thought. In the matter of boots, I defer to the authority of the boot-maker.”
  • Joseph Fort Newton
    Joseph Fort Newton
    “A duty dodged is like a debt unpaid; it is only deferred, and we must come back and settle the account at last.”
  • Walter Savage Landor
    “Great men always pay deference to greater.”
  • Peggy Cahn
    Peggy Cahn
    “I believe the sign of maturity is accepting deferred gratification.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See 1st Defer


In literature:

In the code of military etiquette silence and fixity are forms of deference.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Vol. II: In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians" by Ambrose Bierce
There was time even to exult, and that was much better in a long-deferred matter such as this.
"The Covered Wagon" by Emerson Hough
Donald's approved the plans, and him only will I defer to.
"Kindred of the Dust" by Peter B. Kyne
She was treated with profound and sincere deference, because of certain humble virtues, the product of her secluded life.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce" by Ambrose Bierce
On the contrary, she was of an extreme deference.
"Clementina" by A.E.W. Mason
But, short of that extreme case, Paul lays down the law of curbing liberty in deference to 'narrowness.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)" by Alexander Maclaren
The ceremony must be deferred.
"Twice Told Tales" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Except that he was raising his cap instead of saluting, he was conscious of withdrawing with the deference due to a superior.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
The Bouriat yemshick pronounced it safe, and as he was a responsible party we deferred to his judgment.
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
Denver had to be cuffed several times before he showed deference to this new master.
"The Mysterious Rider" by Zane Grey
Twenty years ago it was deferred by the interference of France and England.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XVII. No. 101. May, 1876." by Various
His occasional mocking deference was more insulting than outright rudeness; but M. Etienne bore it unruffled.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
He was not treated with anything like deference, and he saw the difficulty.
"Fighting for the Right" by Oliver Optic
I waited and deferred the time of marriage.
"The Four Feathers" by A. E. W. Mason
III., in deference, it must be supposed, to the passion for the three volume novel.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
He was treated with great deference, and appeared to me most like a doctor of divinity.
"Daring and Suffering:" by William Pittenger
Her small grey eyes, scanning the visitor at the door, showed both surprise and deference.
"The Hand in the Dark" by Arthur J. Rees
He had the suavity and deference that pleased women, if he knew little about poets and writers, then coming to be the fashion.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
He wore an air of deference, partly due no doubt to Harry's ability, yet having unmistakably a social flavor about it.
"Tristram of Blent" by Anthony Hope
They looked so gay and seasonable that she decided to defer putting them into the sober outer covering of brown paper as long as possible.
"The Independence of Claire" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

In poetry:

'Tis cruel to prolong a pain;
And to defer a joy,
Believe me, gentle Celemene,
Offends the winged boy.
"Love still has something of the sea" by Sir Charles Sedley
Afar my loyal spirit stirred
At mention of his name;
Afar in ringing notes I heard
The clarion voice of fame;
So to his tomb, hope long deferred,
With reverent step I came.
"At General Grant's Tomb" by Hattie Howard
With deference, what I impart
Receive with humble grateful heart,
Nor proudly from my counsel start,
I only lend it,
A friend ne'er aims a poisoned dart,
He wounds, to mend it.
"Epistle To A Young Clergyman" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
Warmed by the sun, wooed by the wind's soft word,
Under blue canopy they hold their state:
For this, ah, was it not worth while to wait
Through all the centuries of hope deferred?
"Mummy Wheat" by Edith Nesbit
We laid by what was his with reverent care--
Started in dreams to greet him coming home--
But hope deferred left no relief but prayer,
And heart-sore longings breathed in one word--Come.
"Alas, My Brother!" by Nora Pembroke
The case being simple in English, the Bench
Resorted, of course, to their old Norman French;
But the Bar being frightened, thought best to defer it,
And pray out the writ latitat et discurrit.
"Scire Facias" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard

In news:

At a recent tour of Dist 883 facilities, I witnessed, firsthand, years of deferred maintenance, which is addressed in the upcoming bond issue.
However, those who expect their adjusted gross income to be higher this year than next might benefit from deferring income into next year.
But an increasing number of banks appear to be reversing their deferred tax asset valuation allowances as memories of the financial crisis fade.
The Mets will wait to officially announce Alderson's hiring in deference to the World Series, as clubs are discouraged from having news conferences on game days.
UTPA students welcome deferred deportation announcement .
Annuities typically offer tax-deferred growth, and it could be "fixed" or "variable," which refers to the earnings.
A small but growing number of employers are offering deferred annuities in their employees' defined contribution plans.
Some people choose to buy deferred annuities so they can defer income and wait to pay taxes at a later date, when they expect their income tax rates will be lower.
A mother, who spends her days dreaming for a better life for her children, looks to Obama's deferred action plan for hope.
465 fee for deferred action application .
0The Department of Homeland Security issued more details on President Barack Obama's deferred action plan.
Immigrants now able to apply for Obama's 'deferred action' program.
WIPO Defers Vote on Pirate Parties' Observer Status.
For some immigrants, or dreamers it's been less than several months that they've applied for deferred action.
What You Should Know About Deferred Action.

In science:

This is established by the following lemma whose merely technical proof has been deferred to appendix A.
The ergodic decomposition of asymptotically mean stationary random sources
We have deferred the merely technical proof to appendix B.
The ergodic decomposition of asymptotically mean stationary random sources
The proof of the following Lemma if deferred to Sect 4.
Random walks in space time mixing environments
As the proof of Proposition 2.2 is a straightforward adaption of that of Theorem 4.1 in , it is also deferred to Appendix A of this paper. A similar result for non-reversible Markov chains on a finite state space can also be found in .
The quenched invariance principle for random walks in random environments admitting a bounded cycle representation
Since the calculations needed for the proof of these lemmas are very similar to those in Section 7.5 in (who treat the special case that the random variable M is constant), they are deferred to Appendix B.
The quenched invariance principle for random walks in random environments admitting a bounded cycle representation
The proof (and a more formal statement) are deferred to the Appendix (see Lemma 4 in Section A).
Agnostically Learning Juntas from Random Walks
While we summarize the results of this work in the present Section, we defer a detailed analysis of how chaos is generated in the shell model to Section V.B.
Random Matrices and Chaos in Nuclear Physics
We defer the details and proofs of our results to the Appendix.
Transitive-Closure Spanners
We defer the details of the proof to Section 3.
The number of 2x2 integer matrices having a prescribed integer eigenvalue
The following proposition provides an asymptotic formula for this sum; we defer the proof until the next section.
The number of 2x2 integer matrices having a prescribed integer eigenvalue
Although I could perform measurements throughout the computation and apply gates conditioned on the outcomes, it is possible to defer measurements until the very end of the computation by using controlled gates, as shown in Figure 1-8.
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation
Proof of Theorem 2.1 We begin with a variation of the well known Martingale Functional Central Limit Theorem whose proof is deferred to the Appendix.
Fluctuations of the quenched mean of a planar random walk in an i.i.d. random environment with forbidden direction
This is more complicated and we defer it to a companion paper [Sta].
How to Construct a Dirac Operator in Infinite Dimensions
The proof requires some involved analysis, and is deferred to Section 3.
Information inequalities and a dependent Central Limit Theorem
We therefore defer the analysis of a radially varying axis ratio to a forthcoming paper in which the complexity of the simulations is increased by moving to three dimensions and including gas physics.
Constraining the NFW Potential with Observations and Modeling of LSB Galaxy Velocity Fields