Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or quality of being dilatory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being dilatory; lateness; slowness; tardiness; sluggishness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being dilatory; slowness in action; delay in proceeding; tardiness; procrastination.

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

  • n. slowness as a consequence of not getting around to it

Etymologies

dilatory +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It is thus that provincial dilatoriness, which is so freely ridiculed in Paris, is full of treachery, secret stabs, hidden victories and defeats.

    The Fortune of the Rougons

  • That habit of dilatoriness, which is too often attendant upon genius, and which is for ever making it, like the pistol in the scene just quoted, "shoot a bar too late," was, through life, remarkable in the character of Mr. Sheridan, -- and we have here an early instance of its influence over him.

    Memoirs of the Life of the Rt. Hon. Richard Brinsley Sheridan — Volume 01

  • The winter, however, was spent cheerfully; and although the spring was uncommonly late, when it came, its beauty compensated for its dilatoriness.

    Chapter 6

  • But posts like this one make me re-examine my dilatoriness.

    No Mow « Fairegarden

  • She was laboriously typing at a speed which could have explained Maggie Hewson's strictures about the firm's dilatoriness.

    She Closed Her Eyes

  • Apparently, there was a professional serenading the patrons at the grand opening, but when we were there, the only players heard were passing children, availing themselves of the opportunity to tickle the polymer-based fake ivories until their parents became sufficiently incensed at their dilatoriness.

    Class struggle—the musical

  • There was another pause; the proverbial dilatoriness of watched pots was never more clearly exemplified.

    Wessex Tales

  • By degrees I found myself tiptoeing nearer Karl, whether owing to my own eagerness or his dilatoriness I cannot now say.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • He did not think that he was in the least untrue in throwing blame back upon the questioners and in implying that on the side of the Crown there had been no undue delay, though, at the moment he was inwardly provoked at the dilatoriness of the judge.

    John Caldigate

  • They have the usual fault of all people in a half-savage state — apathy and dilatoriness, but, however annoying this may be to Europeans who come in contact with them, it cannot be considered a very grave offence, or be held to outweigh their many excellent qualities.

    The Malay Archipelago

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.