laggardness

laggard

[lag-erd]
noun
1.
a person or thing that lags; lingerer; loiterer.
adjective
2.
moving, developing, or responding slowly; sluggish; dilatory; backward.

Origin:
1695–1705; lag1 + -ard

laggardness, noun
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laggard (ˈlæɡəd)
 
n
1.  a person who lags behind
2.  a dawdler or straggler
 
adj
3.  rare sluggish, slow, or dawdling
 
'laggardly
 
adv
 
'laggardness
 
n

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laggard
1702, from lag (v.) + -ard.
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