adjective \ˈdi-lə-ˌtr-ē\

: causing a delay

: tending to be late : slow to do something

Full Definition of DILATORY

:  tending or intended to cause delay <dilatory tactics>
:  characterized by procrastination :  tardy <dilatory in paying bills>
dil·a·to·ri·ly \ˌdi-lə-ˈtr-ə-lē\ adverb
dil·a·to·ri·ness \ˈdi-lə-ˌtr-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of DILATORY

  1. <the homeowner is claiming that local firefighters were dilatory in responding to the call>

Origin of DILATORY

Middle English, from Anglo-French dilatorie, Late Latin dilatorius, from Latin differre (past participle dilatus) to postpone, differ — more at differ, tolerate
First Known Use: 15th century


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