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timely

[tahym-lee] /ˈtaɪm li/
adjective, timelier, timeliest.
1.
occurring at a suitable time; seasonable; opportune; well-timed:
a timely warning.
2.
Archaic. early.
adverb
3.
seasonably; opportunely.
4.
Archaic. early or soon.
Origin of timely
1000
before 1000; Middle English tim(e)liche, Old English tīmlīce (adv.). See time, -ly
Related forms
timeliness, noun
pretimeliness, noun
pretimely, adjective
Synonyms
1. See opportune.
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timely

/ˈtaɪmlɪ/
adjective, adverb -lier, -liest
1.
at the right or an opportune or appropriate time
2.
an archaic word for early
Derived Forms
timeliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for timeliness

timely

adv.

late Old English, from time (n.). As an adjective meaning "occurring at a suitable time" it is attested from c.1200.

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