cunctation

[ kuhngk-tey-shuhn ]
/ kʌŋkˈteɪ ʃən /

noun Archaic.

lateness; delay.

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Origin of cunctation

First recorded in 1575–85; from Latin cunctātiōn- (stem of cunctātiō ) “delay,” equivalent to cunctāt(us) (past participle of cunctārī “to delay”) + -iōn- noun suffix; see -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM cunctation

cunc·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 cunctation

cunctation
/ (kʌŋkˈteɪʃən) /

noun

rare delay

Derived forms of cunctation

cunctative (ˈkʌŋktətɪv), adjectivecunctator, noun

Word Origin for cunctation

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