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DILATORY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dilatory mean? 

DILATORY (adjective)
  The adjective DILATORY has 3 senses:

1. inclined to waste time and lag behind
2. wasting time
3. using cautious slow strategy to wear down opposition; avoiding direct confrontation

  Familiarity information: DILATORY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DILATORY (adjective)


Sense 1dilatory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Inclined to waste time and lag behind

Synonyms:

dilatory; laggard

Similar:

unpunctual (not punctual; after the appointed time)


Sense 2dilatory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Wasting time

Synonyms:

pokey; poky; dilatory; laggard

Similar:

slow (not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time)


Sense 3dilatory [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Using cautious slow strategy to wear down opposition; avoiding direct confrontation

Synonyms:

fabian; dilatory

Context example:

a fabian policy

Similar:

cautious (showing careful forethought)


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