Definitions

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  • adj. delaying; procrastinating

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Disposed to linger or delay.

Etymologies

From Latin cunctor ("delay, impede"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Then at last the timorous, cunctatory worshiper of femininity in the abstract declared himself and prayed to know if the good news could be true.

    The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller

  • Sigurd was cautious, prudentially cunctatory, though heartily friendly in his counsel to Olaf as to the King question.

    Early Kings of Norway

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  • MUST use this word at work this week.

    July 21, 2009

  • Definition: Disposed to delay.

    June 10, 2009

  • A hell of a thing to say to a guy!

    February 20, 2007

  • Wow. I hurt my eyes.

    "Hey, Stan, the meeting started twenty minutes ago! You're cunctatory!"

    February 20, 2007

  • I have to say I can see why it *isn't* more well-known. :->

    February 20, 2007

  • If it were more more well-known, it'd be a shoo-in for the No-No List.

    February 20, 2007

  • I'm going to have to work this word into a conversation this week, just to see the reaction.

    February 20, 2007