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A temporary delay. An example of a moratorium is a delay in the payment of debt. That is, if too many people are unable to repay loans, the government may declare that no one is legally obligated to make debt service payments for a period of six months. Likewise, if a company is having a difficult year, it may declare a moratorium on research and development funding for two years in order to save money.
moratoriumthe suspension of repayment of DEBT, or INTEREST, for a specified period of time. For example, the freezing of debt repayment obligations extended by advanced country governments and private banks to a developing country that is experiencing acute balance of payments difficulties or the suspension of debt payments owing to dealers in a commodity market that has suffered a dramatic price collapse. See DEBT SERVICING, INTERNATIONAL DEBT.
A temporary cessation.Usually encountered in real estate when a local government suspends issuance of building permits in a particular area because, for example, the existing water line or sewer line capacity will not accommodate new growth.