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belated

[bih-ley-tid]
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adjective
  1. coming or being after the customary, useful, or expected time: belated birthday greetings.
  2. late, delayed, or detained: We started the meeting without the belated representative.
  3. Archaic. obsolete; old-fashioned; out-of-date: a belated view of world politics.
  4. Archaic. overtaken by darkness or night.
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Origin of belated

1610–20; belate to delay (be- + late) + -ed2
Related formsbe·lat·ed·ly, adverbbe·lat·ed·ness, noun
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Related Words for belatedness

delay, slowness, tardiness, dilatoriness

Examples from the Web for belatedness

Historical Examples of belatedness

  • This belatedness causes a jerky motion of the arm and imparts it to the hand.

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  • The "belatedness" of your letter only made me fear that I had offended you.

  • Of late years they are growing conscious of their own belatedness, and that touches a tender spot.


British Dictionary definitions for belatedness

belated

adjective
  1. late or too latebelated greetings
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Derived Formsbelatedly, adverbbelatedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for belatedness

belated

adj.

1610s, "overtaken by night," past participle adjective from belate "to make late, detain," from be- + late. Sense of "coming past due, behind date" is from 1660s. Related: Belatedly.

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