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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Inclined to delay

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Slow; tardy; dilatory; causing delay.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Cautiously slow; delaying; deliberate.


From Latin cunctari ("to delay"), and the English suffix -ive. (Wiktionary)



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