[ kuhngk-tey-ter ]
/ kʌŋkˈteɪ tər /


a procrastinator; delayer.

Origin of cunctator

1645–55; < Latin, equivalent to cunctā(rī) to delay + -tor -tor

Related forms

cunc·ta·tor·ship, noun

Definition for cunctator (2 of 2)

Fabius Maximus

[ fey-bee-uh s mak-suh-muh s ]
/ ˈfeɪ bi əs ˈmæk sə məs /


Quintus Fabius Maximus VerrucosusCunctator, 275–203 b.c., Roman statesman and general: defeated Hannibal's army by harassment without risking a pitched battle. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cunctator

Fabius Maximus

/ (ˈfeɪbɪəs ˈmæksɪməs) /


full name Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus, called Cunctator (the delayer). died 203 bc, Roman general and statesman. As commander of the Roman army during the Second Punic War, he withstood Hannibal by his strategy of harassing the Carthaginians while avoiding a pitched battle
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