- using a cautious strategy of delay and avoidance of battle
- of the Fabian Society
Origin of FabianClassical Latin Fabianus, of Fabius: see Fabius
a member of the Fabian Society
- a. Of or relating to the caution and avoidance of direct confrontation typical of the Roman general Quintus Fabius Maximus.b. Cautious or dilatory, as in taking action.
- Of, relating to, or being a member of the Fabian Society, which was committed to gradual rather than revolutionary means for spreading socialist principles.
Origin of FabianLatin Fabiānus afterQuintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus
(comparative more Fabian, superlative most Fabian)
- Pertaining to or reminiscent of Roman general Fabius Maximus, whose tactics against Hannibal during the Second Punic War famously consisted of delaying or avoiding combat, focusing instead on weakening the enemy by cutting off supply lines.
- Advocating that social reforms be reached through a series of gradual and moderate stages rather than sudden revolution; specifically, relating to the Fabian Society, a British socialist society advocating reformist socialism.
- (by extension) cautious; dilatory; avoiding a decisive contest.
- A male given name borne by an early pope. Rare in English.