dilatory

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French dilatoire [1], from Latin dilatorius (extending or putting off (time)), from dilator, from differo. Not etymologically related to delay.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdɪlət(ə)ɹi/
    • (file)
    • (rarely) IPA(key): /daɪˈleɪt(ə)ɹi/

Adjective[edit]

dilatory (not comparable)

  1. Intentionally delaying (someone or something), intended to cause delay, gain time, or defer decision.
    a dilatory strategy
    • 1856, John Lothrop Motley, The Rise of the Dutch Republic
      Alva, as usual, brought his dilatory policy to bear upon his adversary with great effect.
  2. Slow or tardy.

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Adjective[edit]

dilatory (not comparable)

  1. Relating to dilation; dilative

References[edit]

  1. ^ dilatory” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.

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