Noun(1) a legally authorized postponement before some obligation must be discharged(2) suspension of an ongoing activity
(1) Building homes on the Vale of York flood plain had contributed to the devastation caused by the floods, she said, and she called for a moratorium on construction until the possible consequences were known.(2) In 2003 the US government put a temporary moratorium on the development of specialist hospitals that are partly owned by the doctors using them.(3) The moratorium offer includes the suspension of payments of debt principal and interest for a certain period of time.(4) To the delight of abolitionist groups, Robertson went even further this past April when he voiced his support for a general moratorium on the death penalty.(5) ├ö├ç├┐Seven out of nine of those communities have categorically rejected the lifting of the moratorium on oil and gas drilling,├ö├ç├û Cadman said.(6) moratorium on recruitment(7) Politicians called for a global moratorium on human cloning until the consequences of such procedures are better understood.(8) That is, there should be a moratorium on the billions of dollars spent on servicing the national debt and this money should immediately be diverted back to social programs such as health care and education.(9) One source of revenue is the unilateral debt moratorium that began in December 2001.(10) It is calling for planning laws to promote opportunities for locally-owned stores and also wants a moratorium on existing food stores being taken over by larger supermarket chains.(11) The document declared that the 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling had been intended as a temporary measure and is no longer necessary.(12) an indefinite moratorium on the use of drift nets(13) The moratorium on public housing, the dismantling of rent control, and the privatization of utilities have caused the cost of living in Toronto to skyrocket over the last decade.(14) There's a federal moratorium on human cloning, and there is a discussion, a national discussion and international discussion that's ongoing.(15) It was simply due to the fact that the British, American and Soviet governments agreed a temporary moratorium on all nuclear testing in October 1958.(16) In 2004, the city placed a two-year moratorium on new permits, meaning no opportunities exist for new publications to be distributed on city sidewalks.
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