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.
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.
The winter, however, was spent cheerfully; and although the spring was uncommonly late, when it came its beauty compensated for its dilatoriness.
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.
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.
28) Some streetmasters probably had an unenviable task: the one for the marketstead frequently amerced for failing to maintain the cleanliness of le beast markett, le markettsted, and le backlane, probably because of the sheer difficulty of ensuring its cleanliness as much as his own dilatoriness.
These competitors arose mainly due to Russia's own dilatoriness in negotiating and then building this pipeline (Forbes, Oct.