Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a tardy manner. Slowly.
- Reluctantly; unwillingly; with hesitation.
- Late: as, he came unwillingly and tardily.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. In a tardy manner; slowly.
- adv. without speed (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly')
- adv. later than usual or than expected
- tardy + -ly (Wiktionary)
“The farmer looked at his intractable guest, and then upon his dutiful son; and the idea tardily passed through his dull brain that the soldiers would be just as dangerous to the welfare of the son as to the visitor.”
“You will find near this place, if you follow not too tardily, a dead hare; eat, and be refreshed.”
“As ghastly as the administration's performance has been to date -- excessively cautious, inconsistent and confused -- it can now, albeit tardily, get on the right side of history.”
“They are a store of trouble, as the established nuclear powers have recognised, admittedly tardily and incompletely, by reducing their inventories in recent years.”
“Midway buffs love to ponder the matter of the floatplane tardily launched from the Japanese cruiser Tone on the morning of June 4—part of a pattern of seven search aircraft fanning out from Nagumo's force as the opposing carrier fleets moved toward first contact.”
“The Renaissance entered Britain tardily, and on tip-toe.”
“It manages to spot public grievances, even if a little tardily, and quickly steers policy to deal with them.”
“Famously, if tardily, Kennedy replied that it was going to be a long, cold winter.”
“If pharmaceutical firms could profit from these substances and if the latter hadn't been associated with hedonism in a time characterized by protest against a war and against racism, perhaps this process of official rediscovery would have moved less tardily.”
“Isabel tardily realizes that she's been played by her best friend Serena and her own husband.”
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