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

Examples of tardiness in a Sentence

habitual tardiness will be recorded in your personnel file
Recent Examples on the Web The new report in The Wrap describes how Johnson’s chronic tardiness is nothing new in his career. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 1 May 2024 The Washington Supreme Court allowed the commission’s work to stand despite its tardiness, and the maps were used in the 2022 elections. Marilyn W. Thompson, ProPublica, 28 Feb. 2024 To curb tardiness and chronic absenteeism, Ms. Zapata has been making home visits. Jackie Valley, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Feb. 2024 Eventually, the perpetual tardiness led to a confrontation with his co-star. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Mar. 2024 According to Halle, the Perfect Nails owner kept asking about her sister’s tardiness and said they were booked for the day. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 7 Jan. 2024 The legislation Newsom signed into law, SB 274, also will prohibit the suspension and expulsion of students due to tardiness or truancy. Anabel Sosa, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2023 Wiman reminded his class of the punishment for tardiness—memorizing a sonnet—then turned to that week’s readings, which were about love. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2023 Both his bandmates and audience, citing his erratic nature and increasing tardiness at concerts, began to turn on him. Suzy Exposito, Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1608, in the meaning defined above

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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 14 Jun. 2024.

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