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dilatory

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adjective dil·a·to·ry \ˈdi-lə-ˌtȯr-ē\

Simple Definition of dilatory

  • : causing a delay

  • : tending to be late : slow to do something

Full Definition of dilatory

  1. 1 :  tending or intended to cause delay <dilatory tactics>

  2. 2 :  characterized by procrastination :  tardy <dilatory in paying bills>

dil·a·to·ri·ly play \ˌdi-lə-ˈtȯr-ə-lē\ adverb
dil·a·to·ri·ness play \ˈdi-lə-ˌtȯr-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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