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 telə- in Indo-European roots.