Where does the word “procrastination” originate and What does procrastination mean?

We have a saying, “Never put off till tomorrow what can be done today.” But most of us practice procrastination instead.

The ancient Romans condensed such an action into a single word, procrastinatio. Its literal meaning is “a putting off to the morrow.”

It was formed by joining the preposition pro, for the benefit of, to the adverb crastinus, tomorrow.

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