What does procrastination mean?

Definitions for procrastination

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. procrastination, cunctation, shillyshally(noun)

    the act of procrastinating; putting off or delaying or defering an action to a later time

  2. dilatoriness, procrastination(noun)

    slowness as a consequence of not getting around to it


  1. procrastination(Noun)

    The act of postponing, delaying or putting off, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.

  2. Origin: From procrastinatio, from procrastino, from pro + crastinus, from cras.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Procrastination(noun)

    the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off to a future time; delay; dilatoriness

  2. Origin: [L. procrastinatio: cf. F. procrastination.]


  1. Procrastination

    In psychology, procrastination refers to the act of replacing more urgent actions with tasks less urgent, or doing something from which one derives enjoyment, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time. In accordance with Freud, the pleasure principle may be responsible for procrastination; humans prefer avoiding negative emotions, and delaying a stressful task. The concept that humans work best under pressure provides additional enjoyment and motivation to postponing a task. Some psychologists cite such behavior as a mechanism for coping with the anxiety associated with starting or completing any task or decision. Other psychologists indicate that anxiety is just as likely to get people to start working early as late and the focus should be impulsiveness. That is, anxiety will cause people to delay only if they are impulsive. Schraw, Wadkins, and Olafson have proposed three criteria for a behavior to be classified as procrastination: it must be counterproductive, needless, and delaying. Similarly, Steel reviews all previous attempts to define procrastination, indicating it is "to voluntarily delay an intended course of action despite expecting to be worse off for the delay."


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of procrastination in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of procrastination in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Edward Young:

    Procrastination is the thief of time.

  2. Don Marquis:

    Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.

  3. Tim Pychyl:

    Guilt is the No. 1 emotion correlated with procrastination.

  4. Author Unknown:

    Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

  5. Christopher Parker:

    Procrastination is like a credit card it's a lot of fun until you get the bill.

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