from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A delay, as a formal delay in a proceeding.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of postponing; a deferring, or putting off, to a future time; a temporary delay.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of postponing, or deferring to a future time; temporary delay.
  • n. The act of placing after or below in importance or esteem; a subordinating.

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

  • n. time during which some action is awaited
  • n. act of putting off to a future time


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • In their 8th Rule, therefore, which declares, that while a question is bef ore the Senate, no motion shall be received, unless it be for the previous question, or to postpone, commit or amend the main question, the term postponement must be understood according to their broad use of it, and not in its Parliamentary sense.


  • The reason for the postponement is the controversy surrounding the issue of wine sales in grocery stores, which at least temporarily has created much uncertainty as to whether the liquor stores would participate in the promotion.

    April New York Wine Month Canceled

  • The postponement is down solely to, “personal circumstances of our attorney and has explicitly nothing to do with the content of the case,” says the post.

    MiniNova trial postponed

  • This is a postponement from the earlier October 24 date.

    Educational use of the Net

  • The four-month postponement is expected to give entrepreneurs who need it a reasonable delay to get back on their feet and plan for the future.

    The Power of Innovation: Driving Small Business Growth

  • The Democrats realized the same thing, but rather than using this as leverage to get a long-term postponement to investigate the charges, the pressure really was just to have some kind of a hearing.

    Hill’s Sexual Harassment Charges 1 Year Ago

  • "He tried to see whether he could succeed in getting them to have a long-term postponement by boycotting and the only thing they gave him was 24 hours, so he lost I think stage one."


  • As one black ball in six is sufficient to exclude a candidate -- or, to use the official euphemism, to cause his "postponement" -- it is not difficult for the coterie that controls the club to keep it clear of all noisy, or even of merely too conspicuous, individuality.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 26, September, 1880

  • It wasn't clear whether the postponement was the news over which the stock was halted.

    Dow Industrials Finish Up 80 Points

  • But they agreed that another postponement is a sign that a labor settlement was becoming increasingly likely.

    NFL negotiators agree to 7-day extension of talks


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