browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
dilatory

more about dilatory

dilatory


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dilatory  \Dil"a*to*ry\,  a.  [L.  dilatorius  fr  dilator  a 
  delayer,  fr  dilatus  used  as  p.  p.  of  differe  to  defer, 
  delay:  cf  F.  dilatoire  See  {Dilate},  {Differ},  {Defer}.] 
  1.  Inclined  to  defer  or  put  off  what  ought  to  be  done  at 
  once;  given  the  procrastination;  delaying; 
  procrastinating;  loitering;  as  a  dilatory  servant. 
 
  2.  Marked  by  procrastination  or  delay;  tardy;  slow;  sluggish; 
  --  said  of  actions  or  measures. 
 
  Alva,  as  usual,  brought  his  dilatory  policy  to  bear 
  upon  hi?  adversary.  --Motley. 
 
  {Dilatory  plea}  (Law),  a  plea  designed  to  create  delay  in  the 
  trial  of  a  cause  generally  founded  upon  some  matter  not 
  connected  with  the  merits  of  the  case. 
 
  Syn:  Slow;  delaying;  sluggish;  inactive;  loitering; 
  behindhand;  backward;  procrastinating.  See  {Slow}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dilatory 
  adj  1:  inclined  to  waste  time  and  lag  behind  [syn:  {laggard}] 
  2:  wasting  time  [syn:  {dawdling},  {laggard},  {poky},  {pokey}] 
  3:  using  cautious  slow  strategy  to  wear  down  opposition; 
  avoiding  direct  confrontation;  "a  fabian  policy"  [syn:  {fabian}] 




more about dilatory