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Saturday, August 17, 2002

procrastination

\proh-cras-tuh-NAY-shuhn\ , noun;
1.
To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.
transitive verb:
1.
To postpone or delay needlessly.
Quotes:
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
Origin:
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."
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