dilatory

[dil-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin dīlātōrius, equivalent to dīlā-, suppletive stem of differre to postpone (see differ) + -tōrius -tory1

dilatorily, adverb
dilatoriness, noun
undilatorily, adverb
undilatory, adjective
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dilatory (ˈdɪlətərɪ, -trɪ)
 
adj
1.  tending or inclined to delay or waste time
2.  intended or designed to waste time or defer action
 
[C15: from Late Latin dīlātōrius inclined to delay, from differre to postpone; see differ]
 
'dilatorily
 
adv
 
'dilatoriness
 
n

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dilatory
1530s, from L. dilatorius, from dilator "procrastinator," from dilatus, serving as pp. of differe "delay" (see defer).
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Example sentences
In both cases, signs of distress were recognised early, but the response was
  dilatory.
Every line needed to connect to the next, with no lulls or droops in deference
  to dilatory historical detail.
Tenants say landlords are dilatory in making needed repairs.
Critics also charge that such prosecutions will have the dilatory effect of
  winnowing out many small businesses.
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