postponement-n; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: a span of time in which an awaited event is delayed

Commentary: POSTPONEMENT[+quantity][+span][+temporal][+delay][+of_action][+awaited]
NOTE: refers to the time span when something did not happen

There was a thirty-second postponement in the broadcast, due to a network failure.
These postponements in production while the machinery is serviced are costing us money.

PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: an intentional act of delaying, deferring something

Commentary: POSTPONEMENT[+event][+act][+intentional][+delay]
NOTE: refers to an agent's deciding to delay something

The doctor became annoyed with Bob's postponements of his annual physical.
She sent email announcing a postponement of the meeting until Thursday.

PropBank: postponement.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2