adjective, timelier, timeliest.
occurring at a suitable time; seasonable; opportune; well-timed: a timely warning.
Archaic. early.
seasonably; opportunely.
Archaic. early or soon.

before 1000; Middle English tim(e)liche, Old English tīmlīce (adv.). See time, -ly

timeliness, noun
pretimeliness, noun
pretimely, adjective

1. See opportune.
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timely (ˈtaɪmlɪ)
adj, —adv , -lier, -liest
1.  at the right or an opportune or appropriate time
2.  an archaic word for early

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Word Origin & History

late O.E. (adv.), from time (n.). As an adj. meaning "occurring at a suitable time" it is attested from c.1200.
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Example sentences
It seems that the advice is becoming increasingly timely.
Ability to work independently, manage tasks to timely completion and
  appropriately escalate issues.
People act in a timely way when given concrete tasks but dawdle when they view
  them in abstract terms.
While caution must be exercised in drawing broad conclusions from limited
  evidence, further investigation is a timely imperative.
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