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Dilatory

Dilatory Meaning & Definition
Dilatory Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Dilatory?

[adj] using cautious slow strategy to wear down opposition; avoiding direct confrontation; "a fabian policy"
[adj] wasting time
[adj] inclined to waste time and lag behind

Synonyms | Synonyms for Dilatory: cautious | dawdling | fabian | laggard | pokey | poky | slow | unpunctual

Related Terms | Find terms related to Dilatory: apathetic | backward | balking | balky | bone-lazy | cadging | dallying | dawdling | delaying | deliberate | dillydallying | doless | do-nothing | dragging | dronish | drony | easy | easygoing | ergophobic | faineant | foot-dragging | good-for-nothing | grudging | indifferent | indolent | lackadaisical | laggard | lagging | lax | lazy | leisurely | lingering | loath | loitering | lollygagging | Micawberish | neglectful | negligent | nonaggressive | parasitic | perfunctory | procrastinating | procrastinative | procrastinatory | reluctant | remiss | renitent | restive | scrounging | shiftless | shilly-shallying | shuffling | slack | slothful | slow | slow to | sluggish | sponging | tarrying | unenterprising | unenthusiastic | unhasty | unhurried | unzealous | work-shy

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Dilatory In Webster's Dictionary

\Dil"a*to*ry\, a. [L. dilatorius, fr. dilator a delayer, fr. dilatus, used as p. p. of differe to defer, delay: cf. F. dilatoire. See {Dilate}, {Differ}, {Defer}.] 1. Inclined to defer or put off what ought to be done at once; given the procrastination; delaying; procrastinating; loitering; as, a dilatory servant. 2. Marked by procrastination or delay; tardy; slow; sluggish; -- said of actions or measures. Alva, as usual, brought his dilatory policy to bear upon hi? adversary. --Motley. {Dilatory plea} (Law), a plea designed to create delay in the trial of a cause, generally founded upon some matter not connected with the merits of the case. Syn: Slow; delaying; sluggish; inactive; loitering; behindhand; backward; procrastinating. See {Slow}.

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