dilatoriness


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dil·a·to·ry

 (dĭl′ə-tôr′ē)
adj.
1. Causing or intended to cause delay: dilatory tactics in the legislature.
2. Characterized by or given to delay or slowness: dilatory in his work habits. See Synonyms at slow.

[Middle English dilatorie, from Latin dīlātōrius, from dīlātor, delayer, from dīlātus, past participle of differre, to delay : dī-, dis-, apart; see dis- + lātus, carried; see telə- in Indo-European roots.]

dil′a·to′ri·ly adv.
dil′a·to′ri·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dilatoriness - slowness as a consequence of not getting around to it
deliberateness, unhurriedness, slowness, deliberation - a rate demonstrating an absence of haste or hurry
Translations

dilatoriness

[ˈdɪlətərɪnɪs] N (frm) → tardanza f, demora f

dilatoriness

nLangsamkeit f, → Zögern nt(in doing sth etw zu tun)

dilatoriness

[ˈdɪlətrɪnɪs] n (frm) (of person) → lentezza
References in classic literature ?
With an income quite sufficient to their wants thus secured to them, they had nothing to wait for after Edward was in possession of the living, but the readiness of the house, to which Colonel Brandon, with an eager desire for the accommodation of Elinor, was making considerable improvements; and after waiting some time for their completion, after experiencing, as usual, a thousand disappointments and delays from the unaccountable dilatoriness of the workmen, Elinor, as usual, broke through the first positive resolution of not marrying till every thing was ready, and the ceremony took place in Barton church early in the autumn.
The winter, however, was spent cheerfully; and although the spring was uncommonly late, when it came its beauty compensated for its dilatoriness.
If no such cabal should exist, the mere diversity of views and opinions would alone be sufficient to tincture the exercise of the executive authority with a spirit of habitual feebleness and dilatoriness.
162) The Court concluded that Rule 41(b) did not "abrogate the power of courts, acting on their own initiative, to clear their calendars of cases that have remained dormant because of the inaction or dilatoriness of the parties seeking relief.
McWeeny's careful attention to narrative form produces convincing analyses of narrative and plot dilation (as when the narrator backs away from the characters being described) that put me in mind of Stephen Arata's "On Not Paying Attention" (Victorian Studies 2004) and Amy King's "Natural History and the Novel: Dilatoriness and Length and the Nineteenth-Century Novel of Everyday Life" (Novel 2009), although the latter is not mentioned in the book.
My recent research suggests however that dilatoriness may more properly refer to a deliberate delaying tactic as opposed to the more prosaic, chronic procrastination by which I have been beset.
Bhutto might prolong the Martial Law for the sake of his power keeping wishes but his dilatoriness provoked increasingly urgent clamour amongst the opposition (and even a small number of the PPP), the press and the public for the ending of Martial Law.
But even with the well-remarked US dilatoriness over green issues (California excepted), it's hard to think that some of the statements and imprecations will come as news to anyone.
2d 913, 916 (1979) ("The undisputed dilatoriness of appointed counsel in obtaining the record, his failure to consult with either trial counsel or defendant, and his failure to file a 'brief until prodded by the Appellate Division clerk strongly suggest that the assistance given defendant did not meet the required standard.
He has quite surpassed himself in dilatoriness & I have really given the whole thing up.
That the dilatoriness of Endymion's narrative, its seemingly endless subplots and divagations, exist in the service of the sudden moment is clearest from Keats's hastily executed conclusion to the poem.
Thus, none of the concerns that animated AEDPA and that would be relevant to an equitable determination of dilatoriness were at issue.