What does dilatory mean?

dilatory meaning in General Dictionary

Inclined to defer or postponed just what should be done at once because of the procrastination delaying procrastinating loitering as a dilatory servant

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  • wasting time
  • Inclined to defer or delay exactly what ought to be done at when; because of the procrastination; delaying; procrastinating; loitering; as, a dilatory servant.
  • Marked by procrastination or delay; tardy; slow; sluggish; -- stated of activities or measures.

dilatory meaning in Urban Dictionary

looking after postpone or procrastinate; sluggish; tardy


dilatory meaning in Law Dictionary

Tending or designed to cause delay or even gain time or even put off a decision.


dilatory meaning in Etymology Dictionary

belated 15c., from Late Latin dilatorius, from dilator "procrastinator," from dilatus, providing as previous participle of differe "delay" (see defer).


dilatory meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Inclined to defer or put-off just what should really be done simultaneously; because of the procrastination; delaying; procrastinating; loitering; because, a dilatory servant.

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  • (a.) Marked by procrastination or wait; tardy; sluggish; slow; -- stated of activities or measures.

Sentence Examples with the word dilatory

Several cessions were made between 1802 and 1824, but the state in the latter year remonstrated in vigorous terms against the dilatory manner in which the National government was discharging its obligation, and the effect of this was that in 1825 a treaty was negotiated at Indian Springs by which nearly all the Lower Creeks agreed to exchange their remaining lands in Georgia for equal territory beyond the Mississippi.

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