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punctual

Syllabification: punc·tu·al
Pronunciation: /ˈpəNG(k)(t)SH(əw)əl
 
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Definition of punctual in English:

adjective

1Happening or doing something at the agreed or proper time; on time: he’s the sort of man who’s always punctual
More example sentences
  • While they are super-fast, comfortable, punctual and convenient, the Shinkansen trains are not cheap.
  • I had some dealings with him, and to my amazement, he never agreed to a discount and was always punctual in meeting delivery deadlines.
  • Ragweed hay fever has a short, punctuated, and punctual season.
1.1 Grammar Denoting or relating to an action that takes place at a particular point in time. Contrasted with durative.
Synonyms
on time, prompt, on schedule, in (good) time
informal on the dot

Origin

late 17th century: from medieval Latin punctualis, from Latin punctum 'a point'.

Derivatives

punctuality

1
Pronunciation: /ˌpəNGkCHo͞oˈalitē/
noun
Example sentences
  • The firm will initially use the upgraded lines to improve punctuality, with delayed trains being able to speed up to meet the existing timetable.
  • The Strategic Rail Authority was set up to meet targets for growth in passenger numbers and improvements in punctuality.
  • McLean hoots again as she tells the story of how she had come over all grande dame and lectured her younger colleagues about the importance of punctuality.

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