Definition of temporize in English:
Avoid making a decision or committing oneself in order to gain time: the opportunity was missed because the queen still temporized
More example sentences
- The council had temporized on quite crucial decisions.
- Moderate leaders continue to temporize and avoid coming to grips with extremists.
- Liberals are classified as weak, insipid, temporizing, and unprincipled.
equivocate, procrastinate, play for time, play a waiting game, stall, use delaying tactics, avoid committing oneself, avoid making a decision, delay, hang back, beat about the bush, be evasive, prevaricate, be indecisive, hesitate;
British hum and haw
US informal kick the can down the road
rare tergiversate, use Fabian tactics
- Example sentences
- It is a temporisation: a device for avoiding to commit oneself.
- He steered the US back toward the path of temporisation and appeasement.
- Nothing has been more deleterious in this war than the promise of hard force followed by temporization.
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