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moratorium

mor·a·to·ri·um

moratorium

pronunciation:
mo r to ri m
part of speech: noun
inflections: moratoria, moratoriums
definition 1: a legal right or authorization to delay the performance of some obligation, or the period of such a delay.
a three-month moratorium on mortgage payments after the tornado
definition 2: a temporary ban on, or suspension of, some activity considered to be bad or unhealthful.
A moratorium was declared on new construction until the sewer system could be extended.