• WordNet 3.6
    • n postponement act of putting off to a future time
    • n postponement time during which some action is awaited "instant replay caused too long a delay","he ordered a hold in the action"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Postponement The act of postponing; a deferring, or putting off, to a future time; a temporary delay.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n postponement The act of postponing, or deferring to a future time; temporary delay.
    • n postponement The act of placing after or below in importance or esteem; a subordinating.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Postponement act of putting off to an after-time: temporary delay—also Postpō′nence (obs.)
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  • William James
    “We forget that every good that is worth possessing must be paid for in strokes of daily effort. We postpone and postpone, until those smiling possibilities are dead.”
  • Herbert Kaufman
    Herbert Kaufman
    “Failure is only postponed success as long as courage coaches ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.”
  • Jim Rohn
    “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”
  • David J. Schwartz
    “To fight fear, act. To increase fear -- wait, put off postpone.”
  • Henry Miller
    “Life, as it is called, is for most of us one long postponement.”
  • Niccolo Machiavelli
    “There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. postponĕre, -positumpost, after, ponĕre, to put.


In literature:

Nevertheless, Alicia postponed her story from day to day and from hour to hour.
"Hilda" by Sarah Jeanette Duncan
Any postponement of mobilisation might in this case lead to incalculable military consequences.
"In the World War" by Count Ottokar Czernin
Could not Mr. Finn postpone his visit to the following morning?
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
It refused to postpone a service to allow me to go and see my child when it was very ill, and thought to be in great danger.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
Our post-prandial smoke has been too long postponed.
"The Mayor of Warwick" by Herbert M. Hopkins
A wrangle in the courts now over such an issue would postpone its settlement indefinitely.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
It would be quite easy to postpone the meeting, I suppose.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
She pleaded that the day was too far advanced for safe travel, and entreated Zulma to postpone her departure till the following morning.
"The Bastonnais" by John Lesperance
In such a case, that which we have fixed to take place to-morrow must be postponed indefinitely.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
The crisis which this offensive developed was such that our occupation of an American sector must be postponed.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
The treaty with England was neglected, and the affair of the succession consequently postponed.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
The rites must be postponed.
"Aurelian" by William Ware
The matrimonial decision is further postponed, but in such frank, honest manner, that waiting is not difficult.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
We'll postpone this discussion till later.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
His real purpose, I suspect, is to induce you to postpone your expedition.
"The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa" by Paul Barron Watson
I knew it would be a shock, and I have postponed telling you as long as possible.
"The Young Acrobat of the Great North American Circus" by Horatio Alger Jr.
He had postponed his departure and had thrown away his scruples.
"Duffels" by Edward Eggleston
If he postponed the interview till to-morrow, it would create the appearance of lukewarmness.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
The remaining questions were postponed for further consideration.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
It is not easy to see exactly what England will gain by postponing this change.
"The Contemporary Review, January 1883" by Various

In poetry:

Postpone you can not, nor advance
Success or failure that's to be;
All fortune, being born of chance,
Is bastard-child to destiny.
"Fortune" by Madison Julius Cawein
Shou'd he from penitence thy soul restrain,
'Till death, and make thee each good work postpone:
He hinders thee God's mercy to obtain,
Until perhaps the time of mercy's gone.
"Advice, To Guard Against The Temptations Of The Devil " by Rees Prichard
He turned to the other grave Justice of Peace,
And whispered, ‘You can’t always trust the police;
‘I’ll visit the premises during the day,
‘And see for myself,’ said O’Hara, Jay Pay.
(Case postponed.)
"O'Hara, J.P." by Henry Lawson
There was quite a new expression on his lemon-coloured face,
And the unexpected odour won him temporary grace,
For we tacitly postponed the sacking-point till by-and-by,
And we tacitly said nothing save the one word, "rabbit pie!"
"My Other Chinee Cook" by James Brunton Stephens
Feeling lonely-like, Magee took on a local star named Bent,
And four others started fighting to avoid an argument:
So Simonsen postponed the game, for fear some slight mishap
Might disturb the pleasant feeling then prevailing at The Gap.
"A Friendly Game Of Football" by Edward Dyson

In news:

Board Postpones Valley Road Decision.
BRIDGETON — Following an indefinite postponement, Dr Marshall Becker will be speaking here about Native Americans in the Lower Delaware Valley on April 29 — the originally scheduled date.
Instead, she simply postponed work cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Machineheads tour postponed for a couple of days or so due to robb flyns hernia operation.
Do not postpone showing others that they are important to you.
Some argue hearing should be postponed.
The federal court sentencing of a local hip-hop star convicted on weapon and witness tampering charges has been postponed to next month.
Judge postpones Henry Mouton 's landfill bribery trial to aid plea talks.
And it's true that to cook up a specific kind of erotic souffle, sex must be postponed for a span that goes beyond contemporary expectations.
Detroit school board members left court Wednesday relieved after a judge postponed a hearing in the - 12:48 am.
Above, caused officials to postpone Halloween events and urge that parents defer trick-or-treating.
It was just about that time when some pretty heavy storm activity hit the Evansville and surrounding areas – causing the game to be postponed.
Slugger will make debut Saturday after Friday's game was postponed.
Sunday's scheduled game was postponed by rain, forcing two games Monday at Coolray Field beginning at 5:05 p.m.
President Barack Obama has postponed his planned trip this week to General Electric's energy division in Schenectady .

In science:

One main group of problems arises once we add to the idea of a point-particle the notion of a field: I will postpone them to Section 2.2.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
But I postpone this example till Section 8 and the Appendix, where it will be important in replying to the RDA.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
But I postpone considering the endurantist until Section 3.3.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
So as I did in Section 3.3, I will postpone till Section 5 the question how to describe rigorously the distinction between rotation and non-rotation: whether by invoking a space of persisting spatial points, or by invoking some other notions.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
For simplicity, we postpone the full definition until then.
Semimatroids and their Tutte polynomials
The proof of this lemma is postponed to Appendix A.3.
Moment inequalities for functions of independent random variables
The proof of this lemma follows very closely the argument presented in Section 5.3 of and we postpone it until the Appendix.
Diffusion in a weakly random Hamiltonian flow
We postpone further discussion of H till we find solution of all the constraints.
New Integrable System of 2dim Fermions from Strings on AdS_5 x S^5
The crucial element of the proof of Theorem 3 is contained in the following lemma, whose proof is postponed.
Random Walk in Dynamic Markovian Random Environment
Further interpretation of the boundary effects is postponed until Subsection 5.2.
Current large deviations for Asymmetric Exclusion Processes with open boundaries
Postponing details until Section 5, we give an outline of a process by which one may associate Toeplitz and Cuntz-Krieger algebras to each topological graph.
Topological higher-rank graphs and the $C^*$-algebras of topological 1-graphs
The precise study of these patterns, which is rather technical, is postponed in the appendices.
Characters of the irreducible representations with fundamental highest weight for the symplectic group in characteristic p
The relevant scale lengths are < 1 kpc, so we decided to postpone a more detailed analysis of the bulge components of our simulated galaxies when higher resolution simulations will be available.
Forming Disk Galaxies in Lambda CDM Simulations
We postpone the proof of Lemma 5 until the completion of the proof of Lemma 4.
When the law of large numbers fails for increasing subsequences of random permutations
The proof of this result will be postponed to the next section.
Moderate deviations for random walk in random scenery