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- Intentionally delaying (someone or something)
- Slow or tardy
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
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 his 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.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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