- tending to delay or procrastinate; slow; tardy.
- intended to cause delay, gain time, or defer decision: a dilatory strategy.
Origin of dilatory
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Examples from the Web for dilatoriness
No play—no dilatoriness—finished to the minute that it's looked for!The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
He had, however, the one fault common to all his tribe, that of dilatoriness.The Dew of Their Youth
S. R. Crockett
The dilatoriness of the London publishers has just been mentioned.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume II (of 3)
Alexander Wheelock Thayer
He owed, however, his safety to nothing but Saavedras indecision and dilatoriness.Letters from Spain
Joseph Blanco White
She hoped, with fluttering courtesy, that we would forgive her dilatoriness.Through Arctic Lapland
- tending or inclined to delay or waste time
- intended or designed to waste time or defer action
C15: from Late Latin dīlātōrius inclined to delay, from differre to postpone; see differ
Word Origin and History for dilatoriness
late 15c., from Late Latin dilatorius, from dilator "procrastinator," from dilatus, serving as past participle of differe "delay" (see defer).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper