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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.]
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]
dil•a•to•ry(ˈdɪl əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)
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)]
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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"