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 for Dilatory plea
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dilatory \Dil"a*to*ry\, a. [L. dilatorius, fr. dilator a
     delayer, fr. dilatus, used as p. p. of differe to defer,
     delay: cf. F. dilatoire. See Dilate, Differ, Defer.]
     1. Inclined to defer or put off what ought to be done at
        once; given the procrastination; delaying;
        procrastinating; loitering; as, a dilatory servant.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Marked by procrastination or delay; tardy; slow; sluggish;
        -- said of actions or measures.
        [1913 Webster]
              Alva, as usual, brought his dilatory policy to bear
              upon his adversary.                   --Motley.
        [1913 Webster]
     Dilatory plea (Law), a plea designed to create delay in the
        trial of a cause, generally founded upon some matter not
        connected with the merits of the case.
     Syn: Slow; delaying; sluggish; inactive; loitering;
          behindhand; backward; procrastinating. See Slow.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  dilatory plea
      n 1: a plea that delays the action without settling the cause of
           action; it can challenge the jurisdiction or claim
           disability of the defendant etc. (such defenses are usually
           raised in the defendant's answer)

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