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Procrastination Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    procrastination n
  1. the act of procrastinating; putting off or delaying or defering an action to a later time [syn: cunctation, shillyshally]
  2. slowness as a consequence of not getting around to it [syn: dilatoriness]
Procrastination Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Procrastination \Pro*cras`ti*na"tion\, n. [L. procrastinatio: cf. F. procrastination.] The act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off to a future time; delay; dilatoriness. Procrastination is the thief of time. --Young.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Procrastination'

In psychology, procrastination refers to the act of replacing high-priority actions or tasks with low-priority actions, and thus putting off important tasks to a later time. Psychologists often cite such behavior as a mechanism for coping with the anxiety associated with starting or completing any task or decision.

Procrastination may result in stress, a sense of guilt and crisis, severe loss of personal productivity, as well as social disapproval for not meeting responsibilities or commitments. These feelings combined may promote further procrastination. While it is regarded as normal for people to procrastinate to some degree, it becomes a problem when it impedes normal functioning. Chronic procrastination may be a sign of an underlying psychological disorder.

The modern term comes from the Latin word procrastinatus, which is the past participle of procrastinare derived from pro- (forward) and crastinus (of tomorrow){}. It is first attested in 1548 by the Oxford English Dictionary.

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* Know the true value of time snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness no laziness no procrastination never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. - Lord Chesterfield

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