- occurring at a suitable time; seasonable; opportune; well-timed: a timely warning.
- Archaic. early.
- seasonably; opportunely.
- Archaic. early or soon.
Origin of timely
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Examples from the Web for timely
The Atlantic: “In Bruce Allen Murphy, Scalia has met a timely and unintimidated biographer ready to probe.”The Best Biographies of 2014 (So Far)
July 6, 2014
The most critical person for a timely beginning of trial that day was a cat catcher on contract to the Amereicans.Iraqi Insurgents Circulate the Lie That They Killed the Judge in Saddam’s Trial
June 28, 2014
The answer is basically no one, at least not in “a deliberate or timely way.”Our Mindless Government Is Heading for a Spending Disaster
April 10, 2014
But one of the things I appreciate about the film is its statement and about how timely it is with climate change.‘Noah’ is a Global Warming Epic About the Battle Between Religion and Science, Says Cinematographer
March 27, 2014
A timely advance by black troops saved the day for the Union forces.The Truth About Florida’s Civil War History
February 20, 2014
His conversation for a moment or two was also coherent and timely.In the Valley
The chateau is on fire; valuable objects may be saved from the flames by timely aid!A Tale of Two Cities
The book was timely and told efficiently on the reform in this country.Cleveland Past and Present
The fatal effects of mineral poisons are too often experienced, and for want of timely assistance but seldom counteracted.
What might have happened but for the timely interruption it would be impossible to say.The Night Riders
- at the right or an opportune or appropriate time
- an archaic word for early
Word Origin and History for timely
late Old English, from time (n.). As an adjective meaning "occurring at a suitable time" it is attested from c.1200.