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[pohst-pohn, pohs-] /poʊstˈpoʊn, poʊs-/
verb (used with object), postponed, postponing.
to put off to a later time; defer:
He has postponed his departure until tomorrow.
to place after in order of importance or estimation; subordinate:
to postpone private ambitions to the public welfare.
Origin of postpone
1490-1500; < Latin postpōnere to put after, lay aside, equivalent to post- post- + pōnere to put
Related forms
postponable, adjective
postponement, noun
postponer, noun
nonpostponable, adjective
nonpostponement, noun
repostpone, verb (used with object), repostponed, repostponing.
self-postponement, noun
unpostponable, adjective
unpostponed, adjective
well-postponed, adjective
1. See defer1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the web for postponement
  • Capitalism had destroyed the postponement of gratification.
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  • The weather forecast is iffy, so there may be another postponement.
  • Or a further postponement of his trial, lasting for the duration of his presidency, might be arranged.
  • Some, as ever, think they have found a glamorous postponement of the moment when they must decide on a lifetime career.
  • He feels only the postponement or refusal, which he considers harsh.
  • Officials are adept at finding reasons for postponement and in providing useful sinecures to their political backers.
  • The mayor has therefore asked for the postponement of the demolition, which was supposed to have begun last year.
  • But it allows them to request a six-month postponement, given solid technical reasons.
  • The administration was so worried that it might lose the vote that it pleaded for its postponement.
British Dictionary definitions for postponement


/pəʊstˈpəʊn; pəˈspəʊn/
verb (transitive)
to put off or delay until a future time
to put behind in order of importance; defer
Derived Forms
postponable, adjective
postponement, noun
postponer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin postpōnere to put after, neglect, from post- + ponere to place
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Word Origin and History for postponement

1770, from postpone + -ment.



c.1500, from Latin postponere "put after; esteem less; neglect; postpone," from post "after" (see post-) + ponere "put, place" (see position (n.)). Related: Postponed; postponing.

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