Dilatory meaning

dĭlə-tôrē
Causing or intended to cause delay.

Dilatory tactics in the legislature.

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Inclined to delay; slow or late in doing things.
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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.

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Characterized by or given to delay or slowness.

Dilatory in his work habits.

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Intentionally delaying (someone or something), intended to cause delay, gain time, or defer decision.

A dilatory strategy.

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Causing or tending to cause delay; meant to gain time, defer action, etc.
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Origin of dilatory

  • Middle English dilatorie from Latin dīlātōrius from dīlātor delayer from dīlātus past participle of differre to delay dī-, dis- apart dis– lātus carried telə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition