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punctual

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adjective punc·tu·al \ˈpəŋk-chə-wəl, -chəl\

Simple Definition of punctual

  • : arriving or doing something at the expected or planned time

Full Definition of punctual

  1. :  being on time :  prompt

punc·tu·al·i·ty play \ˌpəŋk-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē\ noun
punc·tu·al·ly play \ˈpəŋk-chə-wə-lē, -chə-lē\ adverb

Examples of punctual

  1. <the punctual delivery of the daily mail>



Origin of punctual

Middle English, having a sharp point, from Medieval Latin punctualis of a point, from Latin punctus pricking, point, from pungere to prick — more at pungent


First Known Use: 1675


PUNCTUAL Defined for Kids

punctual

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adjective punc·tu·al \ˈpəŋk-chə-wəl\

Definition of punctual

  1. :  arriving or acting at the right time :  not late

pun·tu·al·ly adverb


Word Root of punctual

The Latin word pungere, meaning “to prick” or “to pierce,” and its form punctus give us the roots pung and punct. Words from the Latin pungere have something to do with pricking or piercing. To puncture is to pierce with something pointed. A pungent smell is one that is so strong and sharp that it pierces the nose. Someone punctual acts at the exact point when the hands of the clock prick the right moment. Punctuation pierces a string of words to form separate sentences.



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