- 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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Examples from the Web for timeliness
This outpouring of anger was heavily lacking in reason, spellcheck, and timeliness.1D Fans Unleash Terror on 'Daily Show'
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As religious interpretation of news started to decline in the 18th century, an emphasis on timeliness increased.How the News Business Found Its Footing
June 22, 2014
For the sake of timeliness, Third Man did it in just one step.Jack White Sets World Record for Fastest Record Release
April 22, 2014
But the book has a timeliness that Kalfus may not have foreseen.The 2013 Novel of the Year Is…
December 30, 2013
The timeliness of the contribution may be vague and general.
Timeliness is as important as ever, so he must look to his tenses.
The importance of the speech does not lie in its novelty but in its timeliness.Woodrow Wilson and the World War
The interview thus has a timeliness, a reason for existence.
In this and in its timeliness it is like the human interest story.
- at the right or an opportune or appropriate time
- an archaic word for early
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Word Origin and History for timeliness
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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