When you delay something until a later time or date, that's a postponement. If a trial lawyer doesn't have all the information she needs, she may ask the judge for a postponement until the following week.

A postponement can also be called a deferral or a stay, and it means rescheduling something for later. You can request a postponement of your chemistry test, but there's no guarantee you'll get it. When a baseball game or tennis match gets rained out, the teams agree on a postponement, starting over at the earliest opportunity. Postponement has a Latin root, postponere, "put after, neglect, or postpone."

Definitions of postponement

n act of putting off to a future time

deferment, deferral
the act of postponing to another time or place
Type of:
delay, holdup
the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time

n time during which some action is awaited

delay, hold, time lag, wait
a mutually agreed delay in the date set for the completion of a job or payment of a debt
a legally authorized postponement before some obligation must be discharged
the extent to which something is delayed or held back
Type of:
break, intermission, interruption, pause, suspension
a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

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