The definition of dilatory is someone who causes delay or is slow to take action.(adjective)
An example of dilatory is a person who asks a million questions and demands extensive research simply to slow a project down.
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Origin: ME dilatorie < LL dilatorius < L dilator, dilatory person < dilatus, pp. of differre, defer
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Origin: Middle English dilatorie
Origin: , from Latin dīlātōrius
Origin: , from dīlātor, delayer
Origin: , from dīlātus
Origin: , past participle of differre, to delay
Origin: : dī-, dis-, apart; see dis-
Origin: + lātus, carried; see telə- in Indo-European roots.
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