- The definition of dilatory is someone who causes delay or is slow to take action.
An example of dilatory is a person who asks a million questions and demands extensive research simply to slow a project down.
dilatory definition by Webster's New World
- causing or tending to cause delay; meant to gain time, defer action, etc.
- inclined to delay; slow or late in doing things
Origin: Middle English dilatorie ; from Late Latin dilatorius ; from Classical Latin dilator, dilatory person ; from dilatus, past participle of differre, defer
dilatory definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Intended to delay.
- Tending to postpone or delay: dilatory in his work habits. See Synonyms at slow.
Origin: Middle English dilatorie, from Latin dīlātōrius, from dīlātor, delayer, from dīlātus, past participle of differre, to delay : dī-, dis-, apart; see dis- + lātus, carried; see telə- in Indo-European roots.
- dilˌa·toˈri·ly adverb
- dilˈa·toˌri·ness noun