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Procrastination; delay.

[Latin cūnctātiō, cūnctātiōn-, from cūnctātus, past participle of cūnctārī, to delay; see konk- in Indo-European roots.]

cunc′ta′tive (kŭngk′tā′tĭv, -tə-tĭv) adj.
cunc′ta′tor n.


rare delay
[C16: from Latin cunctātiō a hesitation, from cunctārī to delay]
cunctative adj
cuncˈtator n


(kʌŋkˈteɪ ʃən)

delay; tardiness.
[1575–85; < Latin cunctātiō=cunctā(rī) to delay + -tiō -tion]
cunc•ta′tious, cunc′ta•to`ry (-təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) cunc′ta•tive (-tɪv) adj.
cunc•ta′tor, n.


the practice or habit of delay or tardiness; procrastination. — cunctator, n.cunctatious, cunctatory, adj.
See also: Time
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cunctation - the act of procrastinatingcunctation - the act of procrastinating; putting off or delaying or defering an action to a later time
delay, holdup - the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time
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Several hours were to elapse, in the keeping of his lackeys, before the Envoy of My Lord the Count of Tyrol might see or even be seen to by His Grace the Duke of Ferrara, though from such neglect no deliberate slight need be inferred: now that I have had an opportunity - have had, indeed, the obligation - to fix on His Grace that perlustration or power of scrutiny for which (I believe) My Lord holds his Envoy's service in some favor still, I see that the Duke, by his own lights or, perhaps, more properly said, by his own tenebrosity, could offer some excuse for such cunctation .