Fabian definition

fābē-ən
Of or relating to the caution and avoidance of direct confrontation typical of the Roman general Quintus Fabius Maximus.
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Cautious or dilatory, as in taking action.
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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.
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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.
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(by extension) Cautious; dilatory; avoiding a decisive contest.
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A Fabian socialist, a gradualist socialist; a member of the Fabian Society.
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A male given name borne by an early pope. Rare in English.
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Of, relating to, or being a member of the Fabian Society, which was committed to gradual rather than revolutionary means for spreading socialist principles.
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A member of the Fabian Society.
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Using a cautious strategy of delay and avoidance of battle.
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Of the Fabian Society.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
fabian
Plural:
fabians

Origin of fabian

  • Latin Fabiānus after Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus

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

  • From Latin Fabianus (“belonging to Fabius”), possibly derived from faba (“bean”).

    From Wiktionary