Definition of cunctation in English:


Pronunciation /kəNGkˈtāSHən/ /kəŋkˈteɪʃən/


  • The action or an instance of delaying; tardy action.

    ‘We advise you practice no cunctation in preparing for your future.’
    • ‘There are some people who like to see you post next chapters without any vexing cunctations.’
    • ‘Fleury's cunctations were disgusting to the ardent mind.’
    • ‘Our capacity for cunctation is one of our most powerful and characteristic weapons.’
    • ‘Celerity ought to be contempered with cunctation.’
    indecisiveness, indecision, irresoluteness, lack of resolution, hesitancy, hesitation, tentativeness


Late 16th century from Latin cunctatio(n-), from cunctari ‘to delay’ see -ation.