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moratorium

noun [C]     /ˌmɒr.əˈtɔː.ri.əm/ US  /ˌmɔːr.əˈtɔːr.i-/ (plural moratoriums or moratoria) formal
a stopping of an activity for an agreed amount of time: a five-year worldwide moratorium on nuclear weapons testingPauses and interludes
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