tar·​di·​ness ˈtär-dē-nəs How to pronounce tardiness (audio)
: the quality or state of being tardy or late
Students might be sent to Saturday school for any of various infractions, such as tardiness, truancy, smoking, failure to deliver class-work, or creating a disturbance. Anne H. Soukhanov
What you really need is a story that will not only excuse tardiness but encourage your boss to give you the entire day off. Jeff Foxworthy
His habitual tardiness got him fired from job after job, yet he couldn't see the consequences of his actions. June Kinoshita

Word History

First Known Use

1608, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tardiness was in 1608

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“Tardiness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tardiness. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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