de ferment

deferment

[dih-fur-muhnt]
noun
1.
the act of deferring or putting off; postponement.
2.
a temporary exemption from induction into military service.

Origin:
1605–15; defer1 + -ment

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deferment or deferral (dɪˈfɜːmənt, dɪˈfɜːrəl)
 
n
the act of deferring or putting off until another time; postponement
 
deferral or deferral
 
n

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deferment
1610s, from defer (1) + -ment. As a word for "conditional exemption from a military draft" it dates to 1918, Amer.Eng., though the thing itself dates back to the Civil War.
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