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[dih-fur-muh nt] /dɪˈfɜr mənt/
the act of deferring or putting off; postponement.
a temporary exemption from induction into military service.
1605-15; defer1 + -ment Unabridged
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  • They wont forgive the loan, but you can get a deferment for now.
  • And because when people are in grad school the loans for undergrad are too oft in deferment.
  • Whenever he heard the sound of gunfire, he immediately asked for a deferment.
  • Student loan deferment options are likewise more generous than a typical credit card, mortgage or car loan.
  • deferment is a period of time when you are not required to make payments on your federal student loan.
  • Lenders are encouraged to review each borrower's possible eligibility for an economic hardship deferment or a military deferment.
  • You'll be ineligible for deferment or forbearance on your loan.
British Dictionary definitions for deferment


the act of deferring or putting off until another time; postponement
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Word Origin and History for deferment

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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