Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of delaying or putting off.
  • n. Officially sanctioned postponement of compulsory military service.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An act or instance of deferring or putting off.
  • n. Officially sanctioned postponement of compulsory military service.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of delaying; postponement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A putting off; postponement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. act of putting off to a future time

Etymologies

defer +‎ -ment (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • From the Boston Globe: As the Vietnam War raged in the 1960s, Mitt Romney received a deferment from the draft as a Mormon "minister of religion" for the duration of his missionary work in France, which lasted two and a half years.

    Mr. Romney Deferred

  • My plans were thwarted by an unfortunate war and to assure deferment from the military, I found myself a misplaced medical student at Johns

    Richard Axel - Autobiography

  • "Howard Dean was granted a deferment from the military after showing up at a recruitment office with an x-ray indicating he had a bad back," the voice-of-God narrator says.

    Dumb and Dumber

  • Mr. Dean grew up on Park Avenue in an old aristocratic family, and after getting his medical deferment from the draft, he moved to Aspen to ski.

    December 2003

  • My teaching at Yale seemingly warranted an indefinite deferment from the Vietnam War draft.

    Joseph E. Stiglitz - Autobiography

  • Back in 1968, I was one of the many naive "smart-kid" high school graduates lucky enough to nail a scholarship to college that brought with it a deferment from the draft.

    Loveletters from Vol 11

  • It’s OK to take newly arrived border crossers who will not contest deportation but people who will ask for a hardship deferment is something else.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Why the Arizona Law is Much Worse than the Federal Law It is Supposedly Based On

  • With subsidized loans, the federal government pays the interest on a loan while the student is in school, during the grace period after graduation or if the loan is in deferment, which is when borrowers are temporarily allowed to stop making payments.

    New Rules for Loans

  • "It was either leave the country, get drafted, or find a job with a critical-skills deferment, which is what I did," he says.

    Inflated Credentials Surface in Executive Suite

  • I had a kindergarten deferment, which is how I didn't ...

    CNN Transcript Apr 29, 2001

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