procrastination

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n procrastination the act of procrastinating; putting off or delaying or defering an action to a later time
    • n procrastination slowness as a consequence of not getting around to it
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Procrastination The act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off to a future time; delay; dilatoriness. "Procrastination is the thief of time."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n procrastination The act or habit of procrastinating; a putting off to a future time; delay; dilatoriness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Procrastination a putting off till a future time: dilatoriness
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Quotations

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    “The search for the perfect venture can turn into procrastination. Your idea may or may not have merit. The key is to get started.”
  • V. S. Pritchett
    V. S. Pritchett
    “The principle of procrastinated rape is said to be the ruling one in all the great bestsellers.”
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    “Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.”
  • Robert Collier
    Robert%20Collier
    “If you procrastinate when faced with a big difficult problem... break the problem into parts, and handle one part at a time.”
  • Wayne Dyer
    Wayne%20Dyer
    “Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.”
  • Donald Gardner
    Donald Gardner
    “Do you know what happens when you give a procrastinator a good idea? Nothing!”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. procrastinatio,: cf. F. procrastination,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.—pro, off, crastinuscras, to-morrow.

Usage

In literature:

They, meantime, press my nuptials, which by art 170 I still procrastinate.
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
The procrastinator admits, for instance, that a piece of work must be done.
"Practical Ethics" by William DeWitt Hyde
He did not refuse, but he protested and procrastinated.
"Between the Lines" by Henry Bascom Smith
The season, in Lower Canada, he knew was a short one, and to have procrastinated would have been fatal to the farmer.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
I consider this simply procrastination.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Looks like Procrastination's handwriting.
"Nan Sherwood at Palm Beach" by Annie Roe Carr
Procrastination on the part of the conferring dattos made a failure of the expedition.
"The Great White Tribe in Filipinia" by Paul T. Gilbert
Certainly it was half-hearted and procrastinating.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
Procrastination, or the habit of "putting off," is one of Satan's great temptations.
"Charlie Scott" by Unknown
Have you never suffered from Procrastination, good reader?
"The Crown of Success" by Charlotte Maria Tucker
Peter knew not the meaning of the words timidity and procrastination.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Everything in the room appealed to him to procrastinate.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
Wellesley persisted in his method of procrastination.
"Sea Power in its Relations to the War of 1812" by Alfred Thayer Mahan
He imagined that a constant appearance of sickness might produce delay, and procrastination, in the chapter of accidents, might end in pardon.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
He procrastinates final action; and hence his work, never being disposed of, is always increasing in volume.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
In nothing is procrastination so tempting as in thought.
"Ayala's Angel" by Anthony Trollope
Moreover, she never procrastinated; she thought in a straight line, and she acted in a straight line.
"Nancy of Paradise Cottage" by Shirley Watkins
There was no element of the coward's procrastination in Saxon's thoughts.
"The Key to Yesterday" by Charles Neville Buck
It was only too clear now that she had not done this, either through forgetfulness, pressure of work, or procrastination.
"The Gay Adventure" by Richard Bird
Only once did we hear her rebuking one of her waiters for the sin of procrastination.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
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In poetry:

They will curse the generation
That has beggared them by stealth;
Curse the mad procrastination
That has robbed the land of wealth -
Wealth their foolish fathers spent,
Reckless and improvident.
"In Time" by C J Dennis

In news:

Most people will procrastinate at some point.
We can see from this excerpt that procrastinating can have some bad repercussions.
Was I really too busy or just procrastinating .
He knows how to procrastinate effectively, and with style.
Suppose you procrastinate on paying your taxes — what will happen to you.
Believe it or not, there are some positives about being a procrastinator .
Some things we tend to procrastinate more about than others because they're unpleasant and we'd rather not do them at all.
Get To Work By Meeting Procrastination Head-On.
Is your child a chronic procrastinator .
Fighting ADHD Procrastination at School.
How can you help students who struggle with procrastination .
Procrastinating is avoiding what you know you need to be doing.
Procrastinating is doing anything other than what you should be doing.
We all procrastinate , but the level of your participation dramatically determines your success and income.
Patricia Person confesses she is a procrastinator in this audio essay.
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In science:

Both of these bounds improve the previous constant factors for MAC algorithms and are based on the use of a new deferral technique that demonstrates the power of procrastination in the context of MAC algorithms.
Improved Adaptive Group Testing Algorithms with Applications to Multiple Access Channels and Dead Sensor Diagnosis
As we show in our analysis, this is a case when procrastination provides asymptotic improvements, for this deferral algorithm has a better average-case performance than does the direct do-it-now approach of Greenberg and Ladner.
Improved Adaptive Group Testing Algorithms with Applications to Multiple Access Channels and Dead Sensor Diagnosis
I have very little to say that is new, that which is new does not fit into this venue, and I have been procrastinating rather than writing the newer results.
Classical Knot Theory
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