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punctual Line breaks: punc|tual
Pronunciation: /ˈpʌŋ(k)tʃʊ(ə)l/

Definition of punctual in English:


1Happening or doing something at the agreed or proper 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.
2 Grammar Denoting or relating to an action that takes place at a particular point in time. Contrasted with durative.
on time, prompt, to/on schedule, in good time, in time, when expected, timely, well timed
informal on the dot
British informal bang/spot on time



Pronunciation: /pʌŋ(k)tʃʊˈalɪti/
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.


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

Words that rhyme with punctual

mutual • virtual • casual

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