- coming or being after the customary, useful, or expected time: belated birthday greetings.
- late, delayed, or detained: We started the meeting without the belated representative.
- Archaic. obsolete; old-fashioned; out-of-date: a belated view of world politics.
- Archaic. overtaken by darkness or night.
Origin of belated
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Examples from the Web for belatedness
This belatedness causes a jerky motion of the arm and imparts it to the hand.Piano Playing
The "belatedness" of your letter only made me fear that I had offended you.The Letters of Ambrose Bierce
Of late years they are growing conscious of their own belatedness, and that touches a tender spot.Our Southern Highlanders
- late or too latebelated greetings
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Word Origin and History for belatedness
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