cunc·​ta·​tion ˌkəŋ(k)-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce cunctation (audio)
: delay
cunctative adjective

Word History


Latin cunctation-, cunctatio, from cunctari to hesitate; akin to Sanskrit śaṅkate he wavers, Old English hangian to hang

First Known Use

1585, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cunctation was in 1585

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Cite this Entry

“Cunctation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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