- occurring at a suitable time; seasonable; opportune; well-timed: a timely warning.
- Archaic. early.
- seasonably; opportunely.
- Archaic. early or soon.
Origin of timely
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1. See opportune.
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- at the right or an opportune or appropriate time
- an archaic word for early
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Word Origin and History for timelier
late Old English, from time (n.). As an adjective meaning "occurring at a suitable time" it is attested from c.1200.
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