dil·a·to·ry /ˈdɪləˌtori, ˌtɔr-/
1. Inclined to defer or put off what ought to be done at once; given the procrastination; delaying; procrastinating; loitering; as, a dilatory servant.
2. Marked by procrastination or delay; tardy; slow; sluggish; -- said of actions or measures.
Alva, as usual, brought his dilatory policy to bear upon his adversary. --Motley.
Dilatory plea Law, a plea designed to create delay in the trial of a cause, generally founded upon some matter not connected with the merits of the case.
Syn: -- Slow; delaying; sluggish; inactive; loitering; behindhand; backward; procrastinating. See Slow.
adj 1: inclined to waste time and lag behind [syn: laggard]
2: wasting time [syn: laggard, poky, pokey]
3: using cautious slow strategy to wear down opposition;
avoiding direct confrontation; "a fabian policy" [syn: fabian]