the quality or state of being punctual.
strict observance in keeping engagements; promptness.

Origin of punctuality

First recorded in 1610–20; punctual + -ity
Related formsun·punc·tu·al·i·ty, noun
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Related Words for punctuality

preparation, promptness, steadiness

Examples from the Web for punctuality

Contemporary Examples of punctuality

  • Over the summer, he impressed current NBA players with his love for hard work and, oddly enough, with his punctuality.

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    Shaq, Year One

    Charles P. Pierce

    May 24, 2014

  • Courtesy, kindness, and punctuality: the old Trot was adept at all the old bourgeois virtues.

Historical Examples of punctuality

Word Origin and History for punctuality

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

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