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waiting period

noun
1.
a specified delay, required by law, between officially stating an intention and acting on it, as between securing a marriage license and getting married.
2.
Insurance. the required delay between the date of inception of a claim and the date on which the indemnity becomes payable, as in workmen's compensation insurance or unemployment insurance.
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  • State commitments are on the list of matched categories during the instant check or, more likely, the waiting period.
  • And the drugs can take several weeks to start having a marked effect, a waiting period that can be especially perilous.
  • There is no legal waiting period to obtain a marriage license and no witnesses are required.
  • My new employer has a waiting period before any new hire can enroll in the group health plan.

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