dilatory dilatory  /ˈdɪ lə ˌtɔ ri/


  • (adj) wasting time



  1. Last fall's session was frustrated by the dilatory maneuvers of the council's conservatives.
  2. There may be injustice in that, for the editors of scientific publications are practically always dilatory in letting a researcher reach print.
  3. Some counterterrorism officials think there is another reason for the Bush Administration's dilatory response.


  • Redistricting board schedules marathon to finish plan

    Stung by a Fairbanks judge and plaintiffs who described its inaction earlier this year as "dilatory," the Alaska Redistricting Board announced this week it will meet for eight consecutive days starting Friday as it works to produce its final election blueprint.
    on July 5, 2013     Source: Anchorage Daily News


  1. Mr Lewis described the government as "obtuse, dilatory and negligent about rolling out treatment".
    on Aug 18, 2006 By: Stephen Lewis Source: BBC News

  2. In Jones' case, the "challenge to the lethal injection protocol, which was brought nine years after his conviction and sentence became final, was dilatory," Scalia said.
    on Oct 17, 2007 By: Antonin Scalia Source: USA Today

  3. Asked if he would wait until all the legal challenges are resolved, Reid said, "We'll have to wait and see. We're going to see if Coleman's people are just being dilatory or have some meritorious issues."
    on Jan 21, 2009 By: Harry Reid Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

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