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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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British Dictionary definitions for cunctatious

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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