• (British) IPA: /ˌmɒ.ɹəˈtɔː.ɹɪəm/, /ˌmɔː.ɹəˈtɔː.ɹɪəm/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌmɔ.ɹəˈtɔ.ɹi.əm/

moratorium (plural moratoriums)

  1. (legal) An authorization to a debtor, permitting temporary suspension of payments. [from 19th c.]
  2. A suspension of an ongoing activity. [from 20th c.]
    Canada may put a moratorium on cloning for research.
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