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Meaning of DILATORY

Pronunciation:  'dilu`towree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  using cautious slow strategy to wear down opposition; avoiding direct confrontation; "a fabian policy"
  2. [adj]  wasting time
  3. [adj]  inclined to waste time and lag behind

DILATORY is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: cautious, dawdling, fabian, laggard, pokey, poky, slow, unpunctual



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dil"a*to*ry\, a. [L. dilatorius, fr. dilator a
delayer, fr. dilatus, used as p. p. of differe to defer,
delay: cf. F. dilatoire. See {Dilate}, {Differ}, {Defer}.]
1. Inclined to defer or put off what ought to be done at
   once; given the procrastination; delaying;
   procrastinating; loitering; as, a dilatory servant.

2. Marked by procrastination or delay; tardy; slow; sluggish;
   -- said of actions or measures.

         Alva, as usual, brought his dilatory policy to bear
         upon hi? adversary.                   --Motley.

{Dilatory plea} (Law), a plea designed to create delay in the
   trial of a cause, generally founded upon some matter not
   connected with the merits of the case.

Syn: Slow; delaying; sluggish; inactive; loitering;
     behindhand; backward; procrastinating. See {Slow}.

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