Pronunciation: (môr"u-tôr'ē-um, -tōr'-, mor"-), [key]
—pl. -to•ri•aPronunciation: (-tôr'ē-u, -tōr'-), [key] -to•ri•ums.
1. a suspension of activity: a moratorium on the testing of nuclear weapons.
2. a legally authorized period to delay payment of money due or the performance of some other legal obligation, as in an emergency.
3. an authorized period of delay or waiting.
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