• WordNet 3.6
    • n moratorium suspension of an ongoing activity
    • n moratorium a legally authorized postponement before some obligation must be discharged
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Moratorium (Law) A period during which an obligor has a legal right to delay meeting an obligation, esp. such a period granted, as to a bank, by a moratory law.
    • Moratorium a suspension of an activity.
    • Moratorium an officially authorized period of delay or waiting; as, a moratorium on putting a law into effect.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n moratorium In law, legal title to delay in making a due payment: as a legislative authorization of suspension of payment by a government bank.
    • n moratorium In law, legal title to delay in making a due payment: as a legislative authorization of suspension of payment by a government bank.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Moratorium mo-ra-tō′ri-um an emergency act allowing a government bank to suspend payments in specie for a given time.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. See Moratory


In literature:

All these people might, so far as he could understand, stop payment under this moratorium!
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
The moratorium had stopped the payment of rents, factories were closed, tenants mobilized.
"The Living Present" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Yet this moratorium did not seem to him unreasonable.
"John Redmond's Last Years" by Stephen Gwynn
An amusing incident arising out of the moratorium came to light in the course of a lawsuit.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
Personally, I do not think that at this juncture there is anything whatever to be done except to grant a moratorium.
"Essays in Liberalism" by Various
There ought to be a sort of moratorium in the matter of social laws.
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Imagine then the predicament of such people under the moratorium.
"With Those Who Wait" by Frances Wilson Huard
That's why there's a moratorium on invention, except in the novelty game field.
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
France, too, suffered in a like way from the paralysing effect of the moratorium.
"England and Germany" by Emile Joseph Dillon
These people, rich and poor alike, found themselves penniless and helpless because of the sudden moratorium.
"Herbert Hoover" by Vernon Kellogg
A moral moratorium prevails for everyday affairs.
"Human Nature and Conduct" by John Dewey

In news:

Bettman Suggests Two-Week Moratorium .
Maryland counties seek moratorium on land-use initiatives.
After two months of labor negotiations that have gone nowhere, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman proposed that the league and its players' association take a two-week moratorium from talks.
League requests two-week moratorium .
With no significant progress made on the comprehensive rezoning, the Worcester County Planning Commission will request that county elected officials declare a moratorium on further individual rezonings until the larger work is complete.
With the majority of Groton Town Board members having held gas-drilling leases, councilmen Tuesday tabled a proposed six-month hydrofracking moratorium .
Town lawyer said moratorium vote won't happen this year.
Top Vt GOP candidates want wind moratorium .
The Republicans seeking Vermont's two top state offices both support a moratorium on development of large-scale wind towers on Vermont mountaintops.
Montrose could pass moratorium on pot shops.
Execution stay points to need for a moratorium .
E-mail crash in WB yields moratorium on tech upgrades.
City Council's marijuana business moratorium unnecessary.
Malawi lauded on anti-gay law moratorium .

In science:

The violation of Bell inequalities by experiment has imposed a moratorium on the construction of classical models, because it is generally acknowledged that the assumptions required to derive Bell inequalities are satisfied for classical two point particle models (and the same is urged here).
Bell inequalities for random fields