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dilatory

[dil-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈdɪl əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
tending to delay or procrastinate; slow; tardy.
2.
intended to cause delay, gain time, or defer decision:
a dilatory strategy.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin dīlātōrius, equivalent to dīlā-, suppletive stem of differre to postpone (see differ) + -tōrius -tory1
Related forms
dilatorily, adverb
dilatoriness, noun
undilatorily, adverb
undilatory, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dilatorily

dilatory

/ˈdɪlətərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
tending or inclined to delay or waste time
2.
intended or designed to waste time or defer action
Derived Forms
dilatorily, adverb
dilatoriness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin dīlātōrius inclined to delay, from differre to postpone; see differ
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Word Origin and History for dilatorily

dilatory

adj.

late 15c., from Late Latin dilatorius, from dilator "procrastinator," from dilatus, serving as past participle of differe "delay" (see defer).

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