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cunctation

[kuhngk-tey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. delay; tardiness.

Origin of cunctation

1575–85; < Latin cunctātiōn- (stem of cunctātiō) delay, equivalent to cunctāt(us) (past participle of cunctārī to delay) + -iōn- -ion
Related formscunc·ta·tious, cunc·ta·to·ry [kuhngk-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈkʌŋk təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, cunc·ta·tive [kuhngk-tuh-tiv] /ˈkʌŋk tə tɪv/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Liegnitz itself, was not that (as many opine) a disaster due to cunctation, not of Loudon's?

    History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XX. (of XXI.)

    Thomas Carlyle


British Dictionary definitions for cunctation

cunctation

noun
  1. rare delay
Derived Formscunctative (ˈkʌŋktətɪv), adjectivecunctator, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin cunctātiō a hesitation, from cunctārī to delay
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