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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dilatory

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

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

dilatorily play \ˌdi-lə-ˈtȯr-ə-lē\ adverb
dilatoriness play \ˈdi-lə-ˌtȯr-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of dilatory in a sentence

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



Did You Know?

Slow down. Set a leisurely pace. What's the hurry? If procrastination is your style, "dilatory" is the word for you. That term has been used in English to describe things that cause delay since at least the 15th century, and its ancestors were hanging around with similar meanings long before that. If you take the time to trace the roots of dilatory, you will discover that it derives from "dilatus," the past participle of the Latin verb differre, which meant either "to postpone" or "to differ." If you think "differre" looks like several English words, you have a discerning eye. That verb is also an ancestor of the words "different" and "defer."

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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