Dilatory plea
Dilatory Dil"a*to*ry, a. [L. dilatorius, fr. dilator a delayer, fr. dilatus, used as p. p. of differe to defer, delay: cf. F. dilatoire. See {Dilate}, {Differ}, {Defer}.] 1. Inclined to defer or put off what ought to be done at once; given the procrastination; delaying; procrastinating; loitering; as, a dilatory servant. [1913 Webster]

2. Marked by procrastination or delay; tardy; slow; sluggish; -- said of actions or measures. [1913 Webster]

Alva, as usual, brought his dilatory policy to bear upon his adversary. --Motley. [1913 Webster]

{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}. [1913 Webster]


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