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[puhngk-choo-al-i-tee] /ˌpʌŋk tʃuˈæl ɪ ti/
the quality or state of being punctual.
strict observance in keeping engagements; promptness.
Origin of punctuality
First recorded in 1610-20; punctual + -ity
Related forms
unpunctuality, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This Indian habit of unpunctuality would soon produce confusion and disaster on the railway.

    India and the Indians Edward F. Elwin
  • Briefly it means that six hundred suffer from the unpunctuality of one.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • Whether a mistress in the bonds of Cupid would overlook such details as unpunctuality was an experiment too risky to be tried.

    For the School Colours Angela Brazil
  • Don't you know that women have the privilege of unpunctuality?

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • unpunctuality could not be cited as among Madame de Vallorbes' offenses.

  • Harvey was puzzled by this unpunctuality; it would soon be a quarter to two.

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
  • She has kept her nude male model waiting, and her poor husband has had to pay five francs in consequence of her unpunctuality.

    August Strindberg, the Spirit of Revolt L. (Lizzy) Lind-af-Hageby
  • unpunctuality and want of system are perpetual sources of annoyance.

    The Data of Ethics Herbert Spencer
  • I have alluded to the unpunctuality of one of my college friends: I will contrast it with the punctuality of another.

  • Then she had to rush away to make what excuse she could for my unpunctuality.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
Word Origin and History for unpunctuality



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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