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deferred

[dih-furd] /dɪˈfɜrd/
adjective
1.
postponed or delayed.
2.
suspended or withheld for or until a certain time or event:
a deferred payment; deferred taxes.
3.
classified as temporarily exempt from induction into military service.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; defer1 + -ed2
Related forms
undeferred, adjective
well-deferred, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for well-deferred

deferred

/dɪˈfɜːd/
adjective
1.
withheld over a certain period; postponed: a deferred payment
2.
(of shares) ranking behind other types of shares for dividend
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Word Origin and History for well-deferred

deferred

adj.

"delayed," 1660s, past participle adjective from defer (v.1).

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