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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Definitions for temporize

  1. To be indecisive or evasive in order to gain time or delay action.
  2. To comply with the time or occasion; to yield to prevailing opinion or circumstances.
  3. To engage in discussions or negotiations so as to gain time (usually followed by 'with').

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Citations for temporize
But when it comes to paying out claims, too many third-party providers stall, balk and temporize. Stacie Zoe Berg, Insight on the News
On the big issues, Reagan rejected the importuning of his senior aides. He refused to temporize on the 1981 tax cut that ended Jimmy Carter's stagflation. At Reykjavik in 1985, he turned down State Department advice for an arms deal and stood fast to open the way for the Soviet collapse. Robert Novak, Chicago Sun-Times
Origin of temporize
1570-1580
Temporize derives from Medieval Latin temporizare, "to pass the time," from Latin tempus, tempor-, "time." It is related to temporary.