Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state or quality of being dilatory.

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

  • noun slowness as a consequence of not getting around to it

Etymologies

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dilatory +‎ -ness

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

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

    Chapter 5

  • 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.

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • 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

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