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punctual Syllabification: punc·tu·al
Pronunciation: /ˈpəNG(k)(t)SH(o͞o)əl/

Definition of punctual in English:


1Happening or doing something at the agreed or proper time; on time: he’s the sort of man who’s always punctual
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  • 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.
on time, prompt, on schedule, in (good) time
informal on the dot


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

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