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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.
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It was not intended dilatorily or as mockery or condescension.
Congenitally lazy, but with spurts of industry, Johnson, in a sentence that slyly suggests his stop-and-go efforts, recorded: "I finished the lives of the Poets, which I wrote in my usual way, dilatorily and hastily, unwilling to work, and working with vigour, and haste."
He concludes on the basis of extensive archival research that the Confessing Church "regarded the Jewish question as annoying and burdensome and treated it dilatorily," thus encouraging the Nazis' anti-Jewish persecution.