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dilatory

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Definition slow; or causing or tending to delay things
  • They are resorting to every dilatory tactic at their disposal to slow the investigation.
dilatory = slowing
  • She accused the mayor of having been intentionally dilatory in eliminating corruption.
  • dilatory = slow
  • His family knew him to be, on all common occasions, a most negligent and dilatory correspondent; but at such a time they had hoped for exertion.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • His letter was soon dispatched; for, though dilatory in undertaking business, he was quick in its execution.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • dilatory = slow
  • The dilatory limousine came rolling up the drive.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • dilatory = slow or late
  • Thank you for sending us Two Figures by a Fountain, and please accept our apologies for this dilatory response.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • dilatory = tardy (late or slow)
  • ...a merchant or two, at the door of the post-office, together with an editor and a miscellaneous politician, awaiting a dilatory mail;
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • dilatory = late (delayed)
  • His family knew him to be, on all common occasions, a most negligent and dilatory correspondent; but at such a time they had hoped for exertion.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • dilatory = slow
  • I am not to blame that the Minister is vacillating, a coward, dense, dilatory, and has all bad qualities.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • dilatory = slow
  • He always moved with the alertness of a mind which could neither be undecided nor dilatory, but now he seemed more sudden than usual in his disappearance.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • dilatory = slow
  • —this, the perfect setting for his dilatory indolence:
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • dilatory = inclined to waste time
  • Oh, these bleak winds and bitter northern skies, and impassable roads, and dilatory country surgeons!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • dilatory = slow
  • A little girl was driving home her cow, a plodding, dilatory, provoking creature in her behavior, but a valued companion for all that.
    Sarah Jewett  --  A White Heron
  • dilatory = slow
  • The dilatory process of convening the legislature, or one of its branches, for the purpose of obtaining its sanction to the measure, would frequently be the occasion of letting slip the golden opportunity.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • dilatory = slow or causing delay
  •   These Cardinals trifle with me; I abhor
      This dilatory sloth and tricks of Rome.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • dilatory = slow
  • After a pause he added "sir" in a dilatory, grudging way.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • dilatory = slow
  • I am not to blame that the Minister is vacillating, a coward, dense, dilatory, and has all bad qualities.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • More dilatory counsels prevailed.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • I've got a complaint that makes me a little dilatory.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • He had had full warning of Mr. Flack's intentions, and might have bought the plot before building commenced: but he was apathetic and dilatory.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View

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