Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Procrastination; delay.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Delay, hesitation, procrastination.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Delay; procrastination.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Delay; cautious slowness; deliberateness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of procrastinating; putting off or delaying or defering an action to a later time

Etymologies

Latin cūnctātiō, cūnctātiōn-, from cūnctātus, past participle of cūnctārī, to delay; see konk- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cūnctātiō ("a delaying, tarrying"), from cūnctor ("linger, hesitate"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The day dawned cool, bright & clear with glorious morning sunshine as some 35 or so of us gathered in the avenue just opposite the small British Palace on Main Street. 10:30 a.m. was the scheduled departure time, and not wanting to disappoint our proud or dishonorable as some of you might be grumbling record of tardiness and cunctation, the Hash left at 11:05.

    Georgetown (Guyana) Hash House Harriers

  • The old crossing-sweeper was already there, to receive his penny; and the orange-woman, expectant, sold her apex orange to him for a silver thripenny bit as his before-breakfast while awaiting the more dignified cunctation of his auguster spouse.

    Pirate Gold

  • Strive not to run, like Hercules, a furlong in a breath: festination may prove precipitation; deliberating delay may be wise cunctation, and slowness no slothfulness.

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 6

  • Strive not to run like Hercules, a furlong in a breath: festination may prove precipitation; deliberating delay may be wise cunctation, and slowness no slothfulness.

    Christian Morals

  • "_Festina lente_ -- celerity should be contempered with cunctation."

    Daniel Deronda

  • And if they've encountered such words as cunctation, fucoid, Mother Hubbard,

    Infinite Monkeys - "...a sparkly blog..." - James Lileks

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • JM never gets around to looking up the meaning of ‘cunctation’.

    August 25, 2009