- tending to delay or procrastinate; slow; tardy.
- intended to cause delay, gain time, or defer decision: a dilatory strategy.
Origin of dilatory
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Examples from the Web for dilatory
Decision making is slow, acquisition processes are dilatory, and maintenance of the equipment bought is poor.India’s Tryst with Terror
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The dilatory sportsman robs the pack of finding and himself of profit.The Sportsman
The dilatory habits of a decade were not so readily unlearned.Union and Democracy
I had received more than a dilatory donkey on the road to the fair!
In no other way can his dilatory proceedings be accounted for.The Campaign of Trenton 1776-77
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The dilatory one was old Kelly; and him Forsythe shot through the heart.The Wreck of the Titan
- 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
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Word Origin and History for dilatory
late 15c., from Late Latin dilatorius, from dilator "procrastinator," from dilatus, serving as past participle of differe "delay" (see defer).
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