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Bryan A. Garner.

in Garner’s Modern English Usage

January 2016; p ublished online August 2016 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 26 words.

Defer (= to postpone) yields the nouns deferral and deferment. (See deferral.) Defer to (= to give

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defer

Edited by Jeremy Butterfield.

in Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage

January 2015; p ublished online June 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 15 words.

The extended forms and derivatives are deferred, deferring; deference (respect), deferral (postponement), deferment (postponement).

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defer

Edited by Jeremy Butterfield.

in Fowler’s Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage

January 2016; p ublished online September 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 29 words.

has the inflections deferred, deferring, and the derived forms deference (=respect, with stress on the first syllable), deferral,

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defer

Edited by Robert Allen.

in Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage

January 2008; p ublished online January 2008 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 30 words.

has the inflections deferred, deferring, and the derived forms deference (= respect, with stress on the first syllable), deferral

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deferral

Bryan A. Garner.

in Garner’s Modern English Usage

January 2016; p ublished online August 2016 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 219 words.

Although deferment is the term traditionally listed in dictionaries—and is nearly 300 years older—deferral (dating from the late 19th

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deferrer

in New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary

January 2012; p ublished online May 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 11 words.

deferrer, demurrer, referrer, stirrer, transferor, transferrer • chef-d'œuvre, oeuvre

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deferrer

in Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes

January 2007; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 11 words.

deferrer, demurrer, referrer, stirrer, transferor, transferrer • chef-d'œuvre, oeuvre

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deferrable

Bryan A. Garner.

in Garner’s Modern English Usage

January 2016; p ublished online August 2016 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 14 words.

/di-fәr-ә-bәl/ is so spelled—not ✳deferable. Cf. inferable & transferable.

Current ratio: 33:1

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defer

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 42 words.

†submit oneself, submit or refer (a matter) XV. †offer, proffer XVI; submit in opinion to XVII. — (O)F. déférer

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defer

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 43 words.

put off, postpone, XIV. ME. differre, deferre — (O)F. différer defer, differ — L. differre carry apart, delay, bear

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