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deferment

[dih-fur-muh nt] /dɪˈfɜr mənt/
noun
1.
the act of deferring or putting off; postponement.
2.
a temporary exemption from induction into military service.
Origin of deferment
1605-1615
1605-15; defer1 + -ment
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  • Theodosia argued for a deferment of the marriage, quoting Aristotle, that a man should not marry till he was thirty-six.

  • But deferment made the heart sick, and the brain and almost the stomach.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • Life is neither remembrance nor anticipation, neither regret nor deferment, but present realization.

    The Gate of Appreciation Carleton Noyes
  • The forging of the weapon, and its adequate preparation for use, are not matters susceptible of deferment until the crucial hour.

    Sound Military Decision U.s. Naval War College
British Dictionary definitions for deferment

deferment

/dɪˈfɜːmənt/
noun
1.
the act of deferring or putting off until another time; postponement
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Word Origin and History for deferment
n.

1610s, from defer (v.1) + -ment. As a word for "conditional exemption from a military draft" it dates to 1918, American English.

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