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dilatory

[ dil-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]SEE DEFINITION OF dilatory

Synonyms for dilatory

  • backward
  • behindhand
  • dallying
  • delaying
  • deliberate
  • laggard
  • late
  • lax
  • lazy
  • leisurely
  • lingering
  • loitering
  • moratory
  • neglectful
  • negligent
  • putting off
  • remiss
  • slack
  • slow
  • sluggish
  • snail-like
  • tardy
  • tarrying
  • time-wasting
  • unhasty
  • unhurried
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Antonyms for dilatory

  • diligent
  • eager
  • enthusiastic
  • hard-working
  • ready
  • zealous
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DILATORY

The dilatory sportsman robs the pack of finding and himself of profit.

The dilatory habits of a decade were not so readily unlearned.

I had received more than a dilatory donkey on the road to the fair!

In no other way can his dilatory proceedings be accounted for.

The dilatory one was old Kelly; and him Forsythe shot through the heart.

I never had such a dilatory damsel to make my first tent breakfast!

General Sheridan's method of operation could hardly be held as dilatory.

He had been dilatory but now he intended to get down to business.

It is in reality a most exhausting, dilatory, and humiliating exercise.

Whoever was dilatory, whoever was slow, the Gibeonites dared not be.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., from Late Latin dilatorius, from dilator "procrastinator," from dilatus, serving as past participle of differe "delay" (see defer).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DILATORY

behind

adverbin debt; late

lazier

adjectiveinactive, sluggish
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.
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