dilatory

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin dilatorius (extending or putting off (time)).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdɪlət(ə)ɹi/
    • (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
    • Motley
      Alva, as usual, brought his dilatory policy to bear upon his adversary.
  2. Slow or tardy.

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