adjective \ˈpəŋk-chə-wəl, -chəl\

: arriving or doing something at the expected or planned time

Full Definition of PUNCTUAL

:  being on time :  prompt
punc·tu·al·i·ty \ˌpəŋk-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē\ noun
punc·tu·al·ly \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


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