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punctuality

[puhngk-choo-al-i-tee]
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noun
  1. the quality or state of being punctual.
  2. strict observance in keeping engagements; promptness.
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Origin of punctuality

First recorded in 1610–20; punctual + -ity
Related formsun·punc·tu·al·i·ty, noun
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Word Origin and History for punctuality

n.

"exactness," 1610s; see punctual + -ity. Meaning "promptness" is from 1777.

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