cunctation

[kuhngk-tey-shuh n]

noun

delay; tardiness.

Nearby words

  1. cumulus clouds,
  2. cun,
  3. cuna,
  4. cunard,
  5. cunaxa,
  6. cunctative,
  7. cunctator,
  8. cunctatory,
  9. cuneal,
  10. cuneate

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 cunctation

cunctation

noun

rare delay
Derived Formscunctative (ˈkʌŋktətɪv), adjectivecunctator, noun

Word Origin for cunctation

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

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