from The Century Dictionary.

  • Cautiously slow; delaying; deliberate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Slow; tardy; dilatory; causing delay.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective rare Inclined to delay


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From Latin cunctari ("to delay"), and the English suffix -ive.


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  • JM wanted to enter ‘Cunctative’ into the Adjective of the Year Award but missed the deadline – again!

    August 25, 2009

  • It's easy for a skunk to live

    Secure while he has funk to give.

    Who'd dare interrupt

    Before he's well supped?

    His foraging can be cunctative.

    September 11, 2015

  • Also see comments at cunctatory.

    June 7, 2018