Word of the Day Archive
Saturday August 17, 2002
procrastination \proh-cras-tuh-NAY-shuhn\ , intransitive verb:
1. To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.
1. To postpone or delay needlessly.
If you have newspapers dating to the last millennium, magazines from the Seventies stacked on your nightstand, and countless envelopes filled with family photos stuffed in a drawer, you may be carrying procrastination to an extreme.
-- Marilyn Sokol, "Overcome procrastination - don't delay", The Record
The obvious danger is that in some situations [denial] can lead to procrastination in seeking help or to avoidance of action that might prevent harm.
-- Shlomo Breznitz, "Hope and the Denial of Stress in the Nuclear Age", The Medical Implications of Nuclear War
Procrastination is the thief of time.
-- Edward Young, The Complaint: Night Thoughts
Procrastination is from the Latin procrastinatio, formed from the verb procrastinare "to put off for tomorrow," from pro-, "forward" + crastinus, "of tomorrow," from cras, "tomorrow."