Finifugal /fan· ee ·fyoo ·gal/ adj.
Definition: The word finifugal is an adjective that describes a person who prolongs or tries to put off emotional endings.
Examples of finifugal endings include break-ups in marriages and long-term relationships, career changes after years of working for a loyal employer or moving to a new state after spending your entire life living there. Finifugal endings are painful and filled with sorrow. People who are finifugal procrastinate in most areas of their life.
Etymology: We first see the word finifugal in the 18th-century Tollemache Journals of Education. After it was published in the journal, the word was used in 1883 to describe people afraid of finishing things.
Finifugal is a Latin word formed from combining the words fini-s (meaning end), fug-a (flight) and -al. We still use the word with its original meaning.
In a Sentence
He approached his final exam in a finifugal state because he was afraid to leave school.
She was finifugal about ending her career and venturing out on her own as a freelancer.
If you always put off the end of relationships, or if you procrastinate a lot, you’re finifugal.