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procrastination

[proh-kras-tuh-ney-shuh n, pruh‐] /proʊˌkræs təˈneɪ ʃən, prə‐/
noun
1.
the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention:
She was smart, but her constant procrastination led her to be late with almost every assignment.
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  • What followed is strikingly illustrative of the procrastination and neglect that rendered Spanish administration so ineffective.

  • He has many noble qualities, but procrastination is his fault.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • "There's no point in it," answered Sonia, whose experience was discouraging to procrastination.

    Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna
  • But impetuous Peggy could not be brought to acknowledge that procrastination could ever be wise.

    More About Peggy Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
  • procrastination is not only the thief of time, but the thief of energy—the thief of efficiency—the thief of success.

    Nuggets of the New Thought William Walker Atkinson,
  • There is nothing easier than procrastination if you once give in to it.

    Lover or Friend Rosa Nouchette Carey
Word Origin and History for procrastination
n.

1540s, from Middle French procrastination and directly from Latin procrastinationem (nominative procrastinatio) "a putting off from day to day," noun of action from past participle stem of procrastinare "put off till tomorrow, defer, delay," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + crastinus "belonging to tomorrow," from cras "tomorrow," of unknown origin.

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