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dilatory

[ dil-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈdɪl əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /
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adjective
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

1250–1300; Middle English (<Anglo-French ) <Latin dīlātōrius, equivalent to dīlā-, suppletive stem of differre to postpone (see differ) + -tōrius-tory1

OTHER WORDS FROM dilatory

dil·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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British Dictionary definitions for dilatory

dilatory
/ (ˈdɪlətərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective
tending or inclined to delay or waste time
intended or designed to waste time or defer action

Derived forms of dilatory

dilatorily, adverbdilatoriness, noun

Word Origin for dilatory

C15: from Late Latin dīlātōrius inclined to delay, from differre to postpone; see differ
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