Etymology
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demurrage (n.)

"any detention of a vessel by the freighter in loading or unloading beyond the time originally stipulated" [Century Dictionary], 1640s, from Old French demorage, from demorer "to stay, delay, retard," from Latin demorari "to linger, loiter, tarry," from de- (see de-) + morari "to delay," from mora "a pause, delay" (see moratorium). Also "a payment in compensation by the freighter for such a delay."

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Definitions of demurrage

demurrage (n.)
a charge required as compensation for the delay of a ship or freight car or other cargo beyond its scheduled time of departure;
demurrage (n.)
detention of a ship or freight car or other cargo beyond its scheduled time of departure;
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