cunctation

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin cūnctātiō (a delaying, tarrying), from cūnctor (linger, hesitate).

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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /kʌŋkˈteɪʃən/
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cunctation (countable and uncountable, plural cunctations)

  1. (obsolete) Delay, hesitation, procrastination.
    • 1646, Browne, Sir Thomas, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, Folio Society, published 2007, page 428:
      celerity should always be contempered with cunctation.

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