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Definition a temporary stop to an ongoing activity

In law, a moratorium is an authorized postponement before a right can be exercised or an obligation must be discharged.
  • The environmentalists want a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf until further studies are completed.
  • a moratorium on payment of principal of outstanding city notes
  • See also the never-passed "Life Patenting Moratorium Act of 1993," (103rd Congress, S.387) introduced February 18, 1993.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Abolitionists were becoming hopeful that more profound death penalty reform or possibly a moratorium might be achievable.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • He is intrigued by this correlation but, like the "Moratorium" author, fails to see the direction in which the correlation runs.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • The moratorium on new prisoners seemed real, because the flow of new faces slowed to a feeble trickle.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The ensuing march and demonstration — called the Chicano Moratorium Against The War — became the largest anti-war rally ever held in a minority community.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • It was October is, Moratorium Day, when the United States reverberated with the chants and pleadings of those discontented with the war.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Well, let's agree on a moratorium.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Osner has imposed a moratorium on crash talk," Daisy said.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • On the basis of these promises, the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and the leaders of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights agreed to a moratorium on all demonstrations.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • Charles agreed to a moratorium, but after several months candidly told his father, "Were I to declare that I did not entertain the same opinion of Sally Smith that I ever did, I should declare a falsehood."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • I declare, effective at this moment, a moratorium on the payment of all debts, rents, taxes, interest, mortgages, insurance claims, and premiums, and all and any other financial obligations for the duration of the emergency.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • At age 16, I participated in the Chicano Moratorium Against the Vietnam War — the so-called East L.A. riot.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • But, right now you can't make up for the Chicano Moratorium, for Miguel Robles and all the others who've suffered because of this society.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Don't you know what they can do to us through this Railroad Pool, or through the Unification Board, or through the moratorium on our bonds?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • A result and impetus of all this activity became the Chicano Moratorium Against the War.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • As soon as the "Martha moratorium" was lifted, the Camp would get dozens of freaks rushed in, ruining our temporarily placid prison lives.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • THE MORATORIUM ON BRAINS "Where have you been all this time?"
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The moratorium on brains.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged

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