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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.
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rare delay
[C16: from Latin cunctātiō a hesitation, from cunctārī to delay]
cunctative adj
cuncˈtator n
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(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.
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the practice or habit of delay or tardiness; procrastination. — cunctator, n.cunctatious, cunctatory, adj.
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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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The current time is in the hands of people, and the future is built on the basis of the present, so it should not be cunctation. It should be noted that this syndrome is contagious and permeate from one state to another and from human to another human and from one person to organization and from organization to another organization and society.
Furthermore, Lyons's increasing involvement in Australian foreign policy saw the his government move from a policy of "cunctation", that is, delaying while waiting for the other power to move first, to one of appeasement, that is, taking active steps to try to avert a deterioration in foreign relations, particularly with Japan, Italy and Germany.
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 .