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Tending to cause a delay in judicial proceedings.

Dilatory tactics are methods by which the rules of procedure are used by a party to a lawsuit in an abusive manner to delay the progress of the proceedings. For example, when numerous motions brought before a court for postponement are baseless, time is wasted because the court must stop the course of ongoing proceedings to examine whether there is any merit to the motions. The party in whose interests the motion is brought uses this tactic to gain time to enhance his or her position, or to postpone an action by a court as long as possible to minimize the impact of a decree rendered against him or her. A party found to engage in dilatory tactics may be held in Contempt of court.


adjective after time, behind time, belated, delayed, delaying, deliberately slow, eleventh hour, inclined to delay, indolent, intended to bring about delay, intended to defer decision, intended to gain time, lackadaisical, last minute, late, overdue, procrastinative, procrastinatory, remiss, tardy
Associated concepts: dilatory defense, dilatory exceptions, dilatory motion, dilatory plea, dilatory practice
See also: indolent, otiose, remiss, truant

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

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With just eight working days left, the Congress is concerned by the dilatory tactics of some parties which publicly support the ' pro- poor' Bill but try to covertly scuttle its passage.
He also resorted to dilatory tactics by arguing that Hafiz Saeed had been arrested and presented before the courts but for lack of evidence, the courts released him.
The minority Democrats, unable to defeat Republican bills, hoped to delay or block them through filibusters, dilatory roll call votes, and refusals to answer the roll, thus denying the majority the required quorum.
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Khawaja noted, "We have gone through the record and have noted the recalcitrant attitude of the petitioner company which, through dilatory tactics, has frustrated the investigation of its affairs for the past nine years.
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Still, dilatory decision-making on Guantanamo threatens to give new meaning to the axiom that ''justice delayed is justice denied.
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It might seem tempting in the light of Pakistan's often feeble and dilatory efforts to control its own extremists.
John Bright reported that when I was chief executive of Walsall Council some 24 years ago, I was "allegedly dilatory at shifting a family of gipsies" from land owned by the Richard sons.
They were very dilatory in ordering them to pull down their illegal construction and now we have another inexplicable delay.