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

  Protraction \Pro*trac"tion\, n. [L. protractio.]
     1. A drawing out, or continuing; the act of delaying the
        termination of a thing; prolongation; continuance; delay;
        as, the protraction of a debate.
        [1913 Webster]
              A protraction only of what is worst in life.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Surv.)
        (a) The act or process of making a plot on paper.
        (b) A plot on paper.
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the consequence of being lengthened in duration [syn:
           lengthiness, prolongation, continuation,
      2: the act of prolonging something; "there was an indefinite
         prolongation of the peace talks" [syn: prolongation,
         protraction, perpetuation, lengthening]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  47 Moby Thesaurus words for "protraction":
     adjournal, adjournment, continualness, continuance, continuation,
     continuity, dallying, deferment, deferral, delay, elongation,
     endurance, extension, extension of time, lag, lengthening,
     lingering, maintenance, perpetuation, perseverance, persistence,
     postponement, procrastination, production, progress, progression,
     prolongation, prorogation, pursuance, putting-off, repetition, run,
     stay, staying power, straight course, strain, stretch, stretching,
     stringing out, suspension, sustained action, sustenance, tabling,
     tension, uninterrupted course, unremittingness, way

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