strictly observant of an appointed or regular time; not late; prompt.
made, occurring, etc., at the scheduled or proper time: punctual payment.
pertaining to or of the nature of a point.

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)
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]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
To be fair, pensions and state salaries are paid punctually, the economy is
  growing and inflation is relatively low.
The new managers paid wages punctually, for the first time in years.
He arrived punctually, but the chair of his committee called ahead to say she
  would be five minutes late.
The old fashioned banker used to go to his office so punctually that you might
  set a town clock by him.
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