[ dil-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈdɪl əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /
tending to delay or procrastinate; slow; tardy.
intended to cause delay, gain time, or defer decision: a dilatory strategy.
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Origin of dilatory
OTHER WORDS FROM dilatorydil·a·to·ri·ly, adverbdil·a·to·ri·ness, nounun·dil·a·to·ri·ly, adverbun·dil·a·to·ry, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for dilatorily
They were dilatorily obeying a call from Marjorie, and making for the window.
British Dictionary definitions for dilatorily
/ (ˈdɪlətərɪ, -trɪ) /
tending or inclined to delay or waste time
intended or designed to waste time or defer action
Derived forms of dilatorydilatorily, adverbdilatoriness, noun
Word Origin for dilatory
C15: from Late Latin dīlātōrius inclined to delay, from differre to postpone; see differ
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