What is Dilatory Plea?

Legal Definition
an answer for a complaint not touching on or that considers the merits of a case. See dilatory defence.
Legal Definition
Those which delay the plaintiff's remedy, by questioning, not the cause of action, but the propriety of the suit, or the mode in which the remedy is sought. Vide Plea, dilatory.
-- Bouviers Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
A class of defenses at common law, founded on some matter of fact not connected with the merits of the case, but such as might exist without impeaching the right of action itself. They were either pleas to the jurisdiction, showing that, by reason of some matter therein stated, the case was not within the jurisdiction of the court; or pleas in suspension, showing some matter of temporary incapacity to proceed with the suit; or pleas in abatement, showing some matter for abatement or quashing the declaration. 3 Steph. Comm. 576. Parks v. McClellan, 44 N. J. Law, 558; Mahoney v. Loan Ass'n (C. C.) 70 Fed. 515.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
A plea interposed for delay or to abate the action without reference to the merits. See 44 N. J. L. 552.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary