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Topic: GOVERNMENT

Date: 1800-1900
Language: Modern Latin
Origin: Late Latin moratorius 'delaying', from Latin morari 'to delay'

moratorium

noun
     
mor‧a‧to‧ri‧um plural moratoriums or moratoria [countable usually singular]
1PG an official stopping of an activity for a period of time
moratorium on
a moratorium on nuclear testing
2SCLBFL a law or an agreement that gives people more time to pay their debts:
a two-year moratorium on interest payments
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