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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. 2018.
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  • Don't you know that women have the privilege of unpunctuality?

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • During the soup and the fish you recount anecdotes of his unpunctuality.

  • He seemed in high good-humour, and roasted me heartily upon my unpunctuality.

    Border Ghost Stories Howard Pease
  • Briefly it means that six hundred suffer from the unpunctuality of one.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • His apology for unpunctuality was cut short by the lively hostess.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I must apologize to you, Miss Lambert, for our unpunctuality.

    Our Bessie Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • Harvey was puzzled by this unpunctuality; it would soon be a quarter to two.

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
  • unpunctuality and want of system are perpetual sources of annoyance.

    The Data of Ethics

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

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • Of course he was the first to arrive, being very fearful of unpunctuality.

    Second String Anthony Hope
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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