moratoria moratoria  /ˌmɔ rə ˈtɔ ri ə/


  1. (n) a legally authorized postponement before some obligation must be discharged
  2. (n) suspension of an ongoing activity


  1. Meanwhile General Motors, flinging defiance in the face of moratoria.
  2. Let me be clear: lifting the moratoria is a false promise and an unnecessary risk.
  3. Pro football's move was the consequential factor in this equation; the NFL cancellations were a far different and, I think, bigger deal than other sports' moratoria.


  • Hoquiam renews pot prohibitions

    Hoquiam city officials say they are in a holding pattern while the state develops rules for growing, selling and processing marijuana and last night the City Council extended a moratorium on marijuana businesses. Another moratorium outlawing collective gardens for medical marijuana was also extended. The moratoria will be in place for another six months, said City Attorney Steve Johnson, but ...
    on August 27, 2013     Source: The Daily World


  1. "If the North American churches don't accept the need for moratoria, then to say the least, we are no further forward," Williams said at a news conference ending the 20-day assembly in Canterbury. "That means as a communion we continue to be...
    on Aug 3, 2008 By: Rowan Williams Source: ABC News

  2. "There are areas off our coasts that should be open to exploration and exploitation and I hope we can take the first step by lifting the moratoria," McCain said.
    on Jun 19, 2008 By: John McCain Source: Portales News-Tribune

  3. "Before us today is landmark legislation that would for the first time since 1982 sweep away moratoria precluding oil and gas leasing in much of the federal waters off America's coastlines," said Rep. Nick Rahall, DW.Va.
    on Sep 16, 2008 By: Nick Rahall Source: San Jose Mercury News

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