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procrastination

[proh-kras-tuh-ney-shuh n, pruh‐]
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noun
  1. the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention: She was smart, but her constant procrastination led her to be late with almost every assignment.
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  • He has many noble qualities, but procrastination is his fault.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • My darling, remember what Pilcher said about procrastination.

    Dolly Reforming Herself

    Henry Arthur Jones

  • But impetuous Peggy could not be brought to acknowledge that procrastination could ever be wise.

    More About Peggy

    Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey

  • Thoughtlessness, carelessness, procrastination—and then it was too late.

    Woman

    William J. Robinson

  • There is nothing easier than procrastination if you once give in to it.

    Lover or Friend

    Rosa Nouchette Carey


Word Origin and History for procrastination

n.

1540s, from Middle French procrastination and directly from Latin procrastinationem (nominative procrastinatio) "a putting off from day to day," noun of action from past participle stem of procrastinare "put off till tomorrow, defer, delay," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + crastinus "belonging to tomorrow," from cras "tomorrow," of unknown origin.

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