Origin of dilatory
Examples from the Web for dilatory
Decision making is slow, acquisition processes are dilatory, and maintenance of the equipment bought is poor.
The celebrated and dilatory binder, Thouvenin, had promised to deliver the volumes at twelve o'clock in the morning of the 16th.Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau|Honore de Balzac
People sit and sip, prolonging their pleasures with dilatory spoon and indefatigable tongue.A Trip to Cuba|Julia Ward Howe
Feckless, dilatory and extravagant, she saw as in a vision her own shortcomings and how they might involve disaster for Christine.The Pretty Lady |Arnold E. Bennett
The process of gathering a royal army in Samoa is cumbrous and dilatory in the extreme.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
His dilatory action seemed to increase the young woman's panic.A Rock in the Baltic|Robert Barr
British Dictionary definitions for dilatory
Word Origin for dilatory
Word Origin and History for dilatory
late 15c., from Late Latin dilatorius, from dilator "procrastinator," from dilatus, serving as past participle of differe "delay" (see defer).