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punctuality

[puhngk-choo-al-i-tee] /ˌpʌŋk tʃuˈæl ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being punctual.
2.
strict observance in keeping engagements; promptness.
Origin of punctuality
1610-1620
First recorded in 1610-20; punctual + -ity
Related forms
unpunctuality, noun
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  • A proper consideration of the value of time, will also inspire habits of punctuality.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • Obedience, neatness, punctuality do not thrive in such an atmosphere.

    The Negro Farmer Carl Kelsey
  • "Charmed to find you know the merit of punctuality," said he.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • punctuality, cleanliness, and order are the soldier's three graces.

  • If there was any merit in the sketch, it must be owing to its punctuality.

  • Arundel Dacre entered with them, woke the Duke, and praised him for his punctuality.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • Mrs. Pollard verified the punctuality of her servant with a glance at the clock.

  • punctuality, if I may say so, is not a wide-spread virtue in these Islands.

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
Word Origin and History for punctuality
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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