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Monday, October 10, 2016

Definitions for dilatory

  1. tending to delay or procrastinate; slow; tardy.
  2. intended to cause delay, gain time, or defer decision: a dilatory strategy.

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Citations for dilatory
I remembered also the necessity imposed upon me of either journeying to England, or entering into a long correspondence with those philosophers of that country, whose knowledge and discoveries were of indispensable use to me in my present undertaking. The latter method of obtaining the desired intelligence was dilatory and unsatisfactory ... Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus, 1818
"Lufton is so dilatory," Mr. Sowerby said. "Why did he not arrange this at once, when he promised it? ..." Anthony Trollope, Framley Parsonage, 1861
Origin of dilatory
Dilatory comes from the Latin adjective dilatorius "causing delay," a derivative of the irregular verb differre meaning "to postpone." It entered English in the late 1600s.