Fabian

Roman general Fabius Cunctator wore down a powerful enemy by using delaying tactics and avoiding decisive battles.

Adams used the term "Fabian" to mean "overly cautious" or "gradual." Adams, a student of history, might have recognized that Fabius did eventually defeat Hannibal in the Punic Wars. It is indeed true that Washington used similar tactics against the British.

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