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punctual

[puhngk-choo-uh l]
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adjective
  1. strictly observant of an appointed or regular time; not late; prompt.
  2. made, occurring, etc., at the scheduled or proper time: punctual payment.
  3. pertaining to or of the nature of a point.
  4. punctilious.
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Origin of punctual

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin pūnctuālis of a point, equivalent to Latin pūnctu(s) a point, a pricking (pung(ere) to prick + -tus suffix of v. action) + -ālis -al1; see pungent
Related formspunc·tu·al·ly, adverbpunc·tu·al·ness, nounnon·punc·tu·al, adjectivenon·punc·tu·al·ly, adverbnon·punc·tu·al·ness, nounun·punc·tu·al, adjectiveun·punc·tu·al·ly, adverbun·punc·tu·al·ness, noun
Can be confusedpunctilious punctual
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punctual

adjective
  1. arriving or taking place at an arranged time; prompt
  2. (of a person) having the characteristic of always keeping to arranged times, as for appointments, meetings, etc
  3. obsolete precise; exact; apposite
  4. maths consisting of or confined to a point in space
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Derived Formspunctuality, nounpunctually, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Medieval Latin punctuālis concerning detail, from Latin punctum point
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Word Origin and History for unpunctual

adj.

1740, from un- (1) "not" + punctual.

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punctual

adj.

c.1400, from Medieval Latin punctualis, from Latin punctus "a pricking" (see point (n.)). Originally "having a sharp point; of the nature of a point;" meaning "prompt" first recorded 1670s, from notion of "insisting on fine points." Related: Punctually.

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