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1. wasting time;
[syn: dilatory, laggard, poky, pokey]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

dilatory adj 1: wasting time [syn: dilatory, laggard, poky, pokey]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

65 Moby Thesaurus words for "dilatory": Micawberish, apathetic, backward, balking, balky, bone-lazy, cadging, dallying, dawdling, delaying, deliberate, dillydallying, do-nothing, doless, dragging, dronish, drony, easy, easygoing, ergophobic, faineant, foot-dragging, good-for-nothing, grudging, indifferent, indolent, lackadaisical, laggard, lagging, lax, lazy, leisurely, lingering, loath, loitering, lollygagging, neglectful, negligent, nonaggressive, parasitic, perfunctory, procrastinating, procrastinative, procrastinatory, reluctant, remiss, renitent, restive, scrounging, shiftless, shilly-shallying, shuffling, slack, slothful, slow, slow to, sluggish, sponging, tarrying, unenterprising, unenthusiastic, unhasty, unhurried, unzealous, work-shy
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

DILATORY. That which is intended for delay. It is a maxim, that delays in law are odious, dilationes in lege sunt odiosae. Plowd. 75.