Definitions for fabianˈfeɪ bi ən
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Fa•bi•anˈfeɪ bi ən(adj.)
seeking victory by delay and harassment rather than by a decisive battle, as in the manner of Fabius Maximus defeating Hannibal in the Second Punic War.
Category: Government, Military
of or pertaining to the Fabian Society.
Category: Government, Name
(n.)a member of or sympathizer with the Fabian Society.
Origin of Fabian:
1590–1600; < L Fabiānus
a member of the Fabian Society in Britain
of or relating to Fabianism
"the Fabian society"
using cautious slow strategy to wear down opposition; avoiding direct confrontation
"a fabian policy"
A Fabian socialist, a gradualist socialist; a member of the Fabian Society.
Pertaining to or reminiscent of Roman general , whose tactics against Hannibal during the Second Punic War famously consisted of delaying or avoiding combat, focusing instead on weakening the enemy by cutting off supply lines.
Advocating that social reforms be reached through a series of gradual and moderate stages rather than sudden revolution; specifically, relating to the Fabian Society, a British socialist society advocating reformist socialism.
cautious; dilatory; avoiding a decisive contest.
borne by an early pope. Rare in English.
Origin: From Fabianus, possibly derived from faba.
of, pertaining to, or in the manner of, the Roman general, Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus; cautious; dilatory; avoiding a decisive contest