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dīlātĭo , ōnis, f. differo, B. 3.,
I.a putting off, delaying, deferring (good prose).
(α). With gen.: “temporis,Cic. Phil. 3, 1, 2: “comitiorum,id. de Imp. Pomp. 1, 2: “belli,Liv. 9, 43; 45: “foederis,id. 9, 5: “exitii,Tac. A. 6, 4 fin. al.—
(β). Absol.: “alter (consul) nullam dilationem patiebatur,Liv. 21, 52; 7, 14; 40, 57; “Sen. de Ira, 3, 12: solatium dilationis et morae,Suet. Ner. 15; Vulg. Act. 25, 17 al.; in plur., Liv. 5, 5; Vell. 2, 79, al.—Esp. law t. t., the adjournment of a legal hearing or judgment: “Cassius, interpellatis judicibus, dilationem petiit,Suet. Gram. 22.—
II. The interval: spatiosa, Apul. M. 11, p. 262, 28.
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