Fa"bi*an (?), a. [L. Fabianus, Fabius, belonging to Fabius.]

Of, pertaining to, or in the manner of, the Roman general, Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus; cautious; dilatory; avoiding a decisive contest.

Fabian policy, a policy like that of Fabius Maximus, who, by carefully avoiding decisive contests, foiled Hannibal, harassing his army by marches, countermarches, and ambuscades; a policy of delays and cautions.


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Fa"bi*an (?), n.

A member of, or sympathizer with, the Fabian Society.


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Fa"bi*an, a.


Of or pertaining to the Roman gens Fabia.


Designating, or pertaining to, a society of socialists, organized in England in 1884 to spread socialistic principles gradually without violent agitation.

The Fabian Society proposes then to conquer by delay; to carry its programme, not by a hasty rush, but through the slower, but, as it thinks, surer methods of patient discussion, exposition, and political action.
William Clarke.


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