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cooling-off period

a period arranged by agreement to allow for negotiation and an abatement of tension between disputing parties:
The law calls for a cooling-off period before a strike can begin.
Origin of cooling-off period
1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Future generations might find a more harmonious way of living together, but only after a cooling-off period.
  • Finally, at the end of the second cooling-off period, the parties are free to engage in self-help.
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  • Not begin any service or sell any loan agreement the consumer signed until the three-day cooling-off period has ended.
British Dictionary definitions for cooling-off period

cooling-off period

a period during which the contending sides to a dispute reconsider their options before taking further action
a statutory period, often 14 days, that begins when a sale contract or life-assurance policy is received by a member of the public, during which the contract or policy can be cancelled without loss
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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