- 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.
- causing or tending to cause delay; meant to gain time, defer action, etc.
- inclined to delay; slow or late in doing things
Origin of dilatoryMiddle English dilatorie ; from Late Latin dilatorius ; from Classical Latin dilator, dilatory person ; from dilatus, past participle of differre, defer
- Causing or intended to cause delay: dilatory tactics in the legislature.
- Characterized by or given to delay or slowness: dilatory in his work habits. See Synonyms at slow.
Origin of dilatoryMiddle English dilatorie, from Latin dīlātōrius, from dīlātor, delayer, from dīlātus, past participle of differre, to delay : dī-, dis-, apart; see dis– + lātus, carried; see tel&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.