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a. Of or relating to the caution and avoidance of direct confrontation typical of the Roman general Quintus Fabius Maximus.
b. Cautious or dilatory, as in taking action.
2. Of, relating to, or being a member of the Fabian Society, which was committed to gradual rather than revolutionary means for spreading socialist principles.

[Latin Fabiānus, after Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus.]

Fa′bi·an n.
Fa′bi·an·ism n.
Fa′bi·an·ist n.
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of, relating to, or resembling the delaying tactics of the Roman general Quintus Fabius Maximus; cautious; circumspect
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a member of or sympathizer with the Fabian Society
[C19: from Latin Fabiānus of Fabius]
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(ˈfeɪ bi ən)

1. seeking victory by delay and harassment rather than by a decisive battle, as in the manner of Fabius Maximus defeating Hannibal in the Second Punic War.
2. of or pertaining to the Fabian Society.
3. a member of or sympathizer with the Fabian Society.
[1590–1600; < Latin Fabiānus]
Fa′bi•an•ism, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Fabian - a member of the Fabian Society in Britain
Fabian Society - an association of British socialists who advocate gradual reforms within the law leading to democratic socialism
socialist - a political advocate of socialism
Adj.1.Fabian - of or relating to Fabianism; "the Fabian society"
2.fabian - using cautious slow strategy to wear down opposition; avoiding direct confrontation; "a fabian policy"
cautious - showing careful forethought; "reserved and cautious; never making swift decisions"; "a cautious driver"
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A. ADJfabianista
B. Nfabianista mf
C. CPD Fabian Society NSociedad f Fabiana
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But here I was again mistaken; for Mehevi, in conducting his warlike operations, rather inclined to the Fabian than to the Bonapartean tactics, husbanding his resources and exposing his troops to no unnecessary hazards.
The event will be free for paid-up members of the Birmingham Fabians, the Methodist Tax Justice Network and Jubilee Debt Campaign.
Many Fabians also participated in the formation of the Labour Party in 1900 and the group's constitution, written by Sidney Webb, borrowed heavily from the founding documents of the Fabian Society.
Neighbours in the village of Vigo, near Gravesend, Kent, yesterday told how the Fabians' house had been targeted with arson attacks.
Using a 53-hour-long observation of Perseus with NASA'S, orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory, Fabians team found circular ripples in the cluster's gas, similar to those created when a rock is dropped into a pool of water.
In this way, the Fabians -- following a strategy similar to that later outlined by Italian Communist theoretician Antonio Gramsci -- could achieve the permeation of society by their ideas.
It is not, however, Guy Rundle who opened the doors of Arena to the Fabians. The most casual Arena reader had to notice the effect of Race Matthews' Jobs Of Our Own -- Building A Stake-holder Society on Arena's entire culture.
Thus, neither the Fabians nor the ethical socialists showed much sympathy for the strong democratic programme of the S.D.F.
The role of the ethnographer, the anthropologist as described by Fabian is to `represent Tshibumba and his work in such a way that they add to or deepen our knowledge of the culture in which they emerged.' The interview dialogue is certainly insightful in this regard, but what is equally intriguing is that we see Fabians' role -- as anthropologist, as European, as patron of Tshibumba's project -- through the words and questions and responses in the interview.
At the first ever meeting of the Young Fabians held in Sunderland, young men and women met to debate the state of the region's economy, education and the impact potential Scottish independence will have on the North East.