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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.
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dilatory

(ˈdɪlətərɪ; -trɪ)
adj
1. tending or inclined to delay or waste time
2. intended or designed to waste time or defer action
[C15: from Late Latin dīlātōrius inclined to delay, from differre to postpone; see differ]
ˈdilatorily adv
ˈdilatoriness n
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dil•a•to•ry

(ˈdɪl əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

adj.
1. tending to delay or procrastinate.
2. intended to cause delay or gain time: a dilatory strategy.
[1250–1300; < Latin dīlātōrius <dīlā-, suppletive s. of differre to postpone (see differ)]
dil′a•to`ri•ly, adv.
dil′a•to`ri•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dilatory - wasting time
slow - not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time; "a slow walker"; "the slow lane of traffic"; "her steps were slow"; "he was slow in reacting to the news"; "slow but steady growth"
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dilatory

adjective slow, delaying, lingering, putting off, slack, backward, sluggish, dallying, loitering, time-wasting, laggard, tardy, procrastinating, tarrying, snail-like, behindhand They performed their work in a dilatory fashion.
sharp (informal), prompt, on-the-ball (informal), punctual
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dilatory

adjective
Proceeding at a rate less than usual or desired:
Informal: poky.
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Translations

dilatory

[ˈdɪlətərɪ] ADJ (frm) [person] → lento, tardo; [tactics] → dilatorio
to be dilatory in replyingtardar mucho en contestar
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dilatory

[ˈdɪlətəri] adjdilatoire
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dilatory

adj
personlangsam; replyverspätet; to be dilatorysich (dat)Zeit lassen; he was rather dilatory in answeringer ließ sich mit der Antwort Zeit
(= delaying) dilatory policyHinhaltepolitik f; dilatory tacticsHinhalte- or Verzögerungstaktik f
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dilatory

[ˈdɪlətrɪ] adj (frm) (person) → lento/a; (action, policy) → dilatorio/a
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References in classic literature ?
The dilatory process of convening the legislature, or one of its branches, for the purpose of obtaining its sanction to the measure, would frequently be the occasion of letting slip the golden opportunity.
My valet was all impatience to follow them; and was as fidgety about my dilatory movements as a diner out waiting hat in hand at the bottom of the stairs for some lagging companion.
Ernestine Wendermott travelled back to London in much discomfort, being the eleventh occupant of a third-class carriage in a particularly unpunctual and dilatory train.
He always moved with the alertness of a mind which could neither be undecided nor dilatory, but now he seemed more sudden than usual in his disappearance.
His family knew him to be, on all common occasions, a most negligent and dilatory correspondent; but at such a time they had hoped for exertion.
So, probably on account of my youth, innocence, and pensive habits (which made me sometimes dilatory in my work about the rigging), I was suddenly nominated, in our chief mate Mr.
It was notorious that any fool could pass the examinations of the Bar Council, and he pursued his studies in a dilatory fashion.
I am not to blame that the Minister is vacillating, a coward, dense, dilatory, and has all bad qualities.
I made this nurse the following offer: If she would bring the dilatory boy to my rooms and leave him there for half an hour I would look at him.
Had Captain Jorgensen not been dilatory in his contemplated smashing, and had not Hanson delayed in giving sufficient provocation for a smashing, Michael would have accompanied Steward upon the schooner, Howard, and all Michael's subsequent experiences would have been totally different from what they were destined to be.
The latter method of obtaining the desired intelligence was dilatory and unsatisfactory; besides, I had an insurmountable aversion to the idea of engaging myself in my loathsome task in my father's house while in habits of familiar intercourse with those I loved.
In the way of movement and human life, there was the hasty rattle of a cab or coach, its driver protected by a waterproof cap over his head and shoulders; the forlorn figure of an old man, who seemed to have crept out of some subterranean sewer, and was stooping along the kennel, and poking the wet rubbish with a stick, in quest of rusty nails; a merchant or two, at the door of the post-office, together with an editor and a miscellaneous politician, awaiting a dilatory mail; a few visages of retired sea-captains at the window of an insurance office, looking out vacantly at the vacant street, blaspheming at the weather, and fretting at the dearth as well of public news as local gossip.