Dilatory Conduct Law and Legal Definition

Dilatory conduct is an action taken with the main motive or purpose of delay. For example, a dilatory defense is a defense that temporarily obstructs or delays a lawsuit but does not address the merits. Misjoinder, nonjoinder, res judicata, misnomer, lack of capacity to sue, another action pending, statute of limitations, prematurity, unripeness, release, and settlement are few examples of what may be used as dilatory defenses.