Definition of moratorium noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌmɒrəˈtɔːriəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɔːrəˈtɔːriəm//
(pl. moratoriums, moratoria
BrE BrE//ˌmɒrəˈtɔːriə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɔːrəˈtɔːriə//
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moratorium (on something) a temporary stopping of an activity, especially by official agreement The convention called for a two-year moratorium on commercial whaling. The government has called for a moratorium on weapons testing. He announced a moratorium on the building of new power stations. Word Originlate 19th cent.: modern Latin, neuter (used as a noun) of late Latin moratorius ‘delaying’, from Latin morat- ‘delayed’, from the verb morari, from mora ‘delay’.
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