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punctual

[puhngk-choo-uhl]
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.

Origin:
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

punctually, adverb
punctualness, noun
nonpunctual, adjective
nonpunctually, adverb
nonpunctualness, noun
unpunctual, adjective
unpunctually, adverb
unpunctualness, noun

punctilious, punctual.
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punctual (ˈpʌŋktjʊəl)
 
adj
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
 
[C14: from Medieval Latin punctuālis concerning detail, from Latin punctum point]
 
punctu'ality
 
n
 
'punctually
 
adv

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punctual
c.1400, from M.L. punctualis (c.1210), from L. punctus "a pricking" (see point). Originally "having a sharp point;" meaning "prompt" first recorded 1675, from notion of "insisting on fine points." Punctuality "exactness" is from 1620.
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