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

Nearby words

  1. punctation,
  2. punctiform,
  3. punctilio,
  4. punctilious,
  5. punctual,
  6. punctually,
  7. punctuate,
  8. punctuated equilibrium,
  9. punctuation,
  10. punctuation mark

Origin of punctuality

First recorded in 1610–20; punctual + -ity

Related formsun·punc·tu·al·i·ty, noun

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Word Origin and History for punctuality



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

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