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  1. the quality or state of being punctual.
  2. strict observance in keeping engagements; promptness.
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Origin of punctuality

First recorded in 1610–20; punctual + -ity
Related formsun·punc·tu·al·i·ty, noun
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Examples from the Web for unpunctuality

Historical Examples

  • Don't you know that women have the privilege of unpunctuality?

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly

    Charles James Lever

  • During the soup and the fish you recount anecdotes of his unpunctuality.

  • He seemed in high good-humour, and roasted me heartily upon my unpunctuality.

  • Briefly it means that six hundred suffer from the unpunctuality of one.

    The Hill

    Horace Annesley Vachell

  • His apology for unpunctuality was cut short by the lively hostess.

    The Parisians, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Word Origin and History for unpunctuality



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

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