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v. tem·po·rized, tem·po·riz·ing, tem·po·riz·es
1. To act or speak in order to gain time, avoid an argument, or postpone a decision: "Colonial officials ... ordered to enforce unpopular enactments, tended to temporize, to find excuses for evasion" (J.H. Parry).
2. To act to suit current circumstances or necessities: "When an evil has sprung up within a state, the more certain remedy by far is to temporize with it" (Brian Moore).
To say or utter in temporizing.

[French temporiser, from Old French, from Medieval Latin temporizāre, to pass one's time, from Latin tempus, tempor-, time.]

tem′po·ri·za′tion (-pər-ĭ-zā′shən) n.
tem′po·riz′er n.
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Noun1.temporizer - someone who temporizes; someone who tries to gain time or who waits for a favorable time
delayer - a person who delays; to put off until later or cause to be late


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A temporizer is represented as a box with a diagonal to represent activation and deactivation conditions.
In a sermon during Easter week of 1593, Thomas Playfere described the temporizer as "a mill-horse which making many steps, turnes about, and is continually found in the same place.
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The objective of the present work was to know the temporary activity of Leptodactylus mystacinus by means of acoustic registrations, for that was used a recorder connected to a programmable temporizer, activated during one minute per hour during 7 days.