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[tahym-lee] /ˈtaɪm li/
adjective, timelier, timeliest.
occurring at a suitable time; seasonable; opportune; well-timed:
a timely warning.
Archaic. early.
seasonably; opportunely.
Archaic. early or soon.
Origin of timely
before 1000; Middle English tim(e)liche, Old English tīmlīce (adv.). See time, -ly
Related forms
timeliness, noun
pretimeliness, noun
pretimely, adjective
1. See opportune. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for timeliness
  • It is a question here only of the extent of his watchfulness, and the timeliness of his judgment.
  • We are attempting to engage the community in an active manner to enhance the timeliness and relevance of what to report.
  • Editors boasted about the timeliness of their news, and how they had beaten other papers to it.
  • All economic statistics face a trade-off between timeliness and accuracy.
  • The essence of newspapers is accuracy and timeliness.
  • The payment sum depended on article length, journal impact, and timeliness.
  • Given the unfortunate timeliness of his topic, he'd better get used to it.
  • Other secular faiths, such as public relations and political consulting, put more of a premium on timeliness.
  • Search engines must also determine the right balance between timeliness and relevance to each user.
  • Demonstrated proficiency and experience in customer service with high standards of timeliness and responsiveness.
British Dictionary definitions for timeliness


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



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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