from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Intended to delay.
- adj. Tending to postpone or delay: dilatory in his work habits. See Synonyms at slow.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Intentionally delaying (someone or something), intended to cause delay, gain time, or defer decision.
- adj. Slow or tardy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Inclined to defer or put off what ought to be done at once; given the procrastination; delaying; procrastinating; loitering.
- adj. Marked by procrastination or delay; tardy; slow; sluggish; -- said of actions or measures.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Marked by or given to procrastination or delay; slow; tardy; not prompt: as, dilatory measures; a dilatory messenger.
- Intended to bring about delay, or to gain time and defer decision: as, a dilatory motion.
- n. In law, a plea or other proceeding in a suit which is intended to delay the suit without reference to its merits.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. wasting time
Middle English dilatorie, from Latin dīlātōrius, from dīlātor, delayer, from dīlātus, past participle of differre, to delay : dī-, dis-, apart; see dis- + lātus, carried; see telə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)