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Definitions for moratorium
ˌmɔr əˈtɔr i əm, -ˈtoʊr-, ˌmɒr-; -ˈtɔr i ə, -ˈtoʊr-mora·to·ri·um

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. moratoriumnoun

    a legally authorized postponement before some obligation must be discharged

  2. moratoriumnoun

    suspension of an ongoing activity


  1. Moratoriumnoun

    a suspension of an activity.

    Etymology: [NL. See Moratory.]

  2. Moratoriumnoun

    an officially authorized period of delay or waiting; as, a moratorium on putting a law into effect.

    Etymology: [NL. See Moratory.]


  1. moratoriumnoun

    An authorization to a debtor, permitting temporary suspension of payments.

    Etymology: New Latin from moratorium, noun use of the neuter of moratorius, from moror, from mora. See also moratory.

  2. moratoriumnoun

    A suspension of an ongoing activity.

    Canada may put a moratorium on cloning for research.

    Etymology: New Latin from moratorium, noun use of the neuter of moratorius, from moror, from mora. See also moratory.


  1. Moratorium

    A moratorium in the home entertainment business refers to the practice of suspending the sales on home video DVD, VHS, and Blu-ray movies and boxed sets after a certain period of time. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment practices moratorium more than any other production company, often with releases of classic animated movies in the Disney catalogue. Disney is not the only studio that puts movies on moratorium. In 2002, Universal Pictures used this practice with the release of the Back to the Future DVD boxed set. George Lucas also used this practice with the Star Wars trilogy DVD boxed set. However, the moratorium was lifted on Back to the Future in 2009 before the release of the 25th anniversary Blu-ray set and on Star Wars, once Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was released to theatres on May 19, 2005. Disney itself states that moratorium is done to both control their market and to allow Disney films to be fresh for new generations of young children. The practice of moratorium has been frowned upon by consumers because it forces higher sale prices. A normal DVD that is sold under moratorium can sell at retail for a very high price relative to the general run of DVDs. However, prices are known to drop near the end of the issue. In the past, a moratorium created urgency for people interested in a film to obtain it before it became unavailable. A side effect of the moratorium process is the fact that videos and DVDs of films, once they are placed on moratorium, become collector's items. Additional unintended side-effects to the practice of moratorium has made films a prime target for on-line video-sharing site distribution and the proliferation of counterfeit DVD manufacturing.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Moratorium

    mo-ra-tō′ri-um, n. an emergency act allowing a government bank to suspend payments in specie for a given time.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of moratorium in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of moratorium in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of moratorium in a Sentence

  1. Jeffrey Hussey:

    We've been very grateful for the eviction moratorium, but it's nothing but a Band-Aid, we've been preparing for the end of the moratorium for months now. We know now that the Band-Aid is gone so many other systemic problems are going to reveal themselves : lack of affordable housing, lack of access to legal representation for tenants, lack of a roof over people's heads after eviction.

  2. Harry Kazianis:

    With North Korea never promising to completely stop all missile testing — it only promised a self-imposed moratorium of testing long-range missiles such as ICBMs that can hit the U.S. homeland — we should not be shocked by North Korea's short-range launch.

  3. Michael Gunner:

    The moratorium on fracking in the Northern Territory will be lifted, with strict new laws to be in place before exploration or production can occur.

  4. Roopa Singh:

    As from 20 January 2016, the High Court’s order setting aside the domestic moratorium on the trade in rhino horn is once more effective.

  5. Kim Jong:

    It could presage a return to nuclear testing, which is now on the table given that Kim renounced his April 2018 moratorium.

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