- tending to delay or procrastinate; slow; tardy.
- intended to cause delay, gain time, or defer decision: a dilatory strategy.
Origin of dilatory
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for dilatorily
They were dilatorily obeying a call from Marjorie, and making for the window.
- tending or inclined to delay or waste time
- intended or designed to waste time or defer action
C15: from Late Latin dīlātōrius inclined to delay, from differre to postpone; see differ
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for dilatorily
late 15c., from Late Latin dilatorius, from dilator "procrastinator," from dilatus, serving as past participle of differe "delay" (see defer).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper