- Avoid making a decision or committing oneself in order to gain time: the opportunity was missed because the queen still temporizedMore example sentences
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• archaic palter• rare tergiversate, use Fabian tactics
- 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.
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- 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.
late 16th century: from French temporiser 'bide one's time', from medieval Latin temporizare 'to delay', from Latin tempus, tempor- 'time'.