time·​ly | \ ˈtīm-lē How to pronounce timely (audio) \
timelier; timeliest

Definition of timely

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : coming early or at the right time a timely decision timely payment
2 : appropriate or adapted to the times or the occasion a timely book



Definition of timely (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : in time : opportunely the question was not … timely raised in the state court— W. O. Douglas
2 archaic : early, soon

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Other Words from timely


timeliness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for timely

Synonyms: Adjective

opportune, seasonable, well-timed

Antonyms: Adjective

inopportune, unseasonable, untimely

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Examples of timely in a Sentence


Her very timely book examines the effects of global warming on the world's climates. She always responds to my requests in a timely fashion .

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

My mother says the fabricated sense of intimacy made asking for raises, demanding timely pay, and asserting boundaries feel nearly impossible for her. Mariana Viera, Teen Vogue, "Domestic Workers Like My Mom Deserve Protection and Security," 26 Mar. 2019 Every year designers present timely modifications to the most timeless styles brides continue to buy into. Glamour, "The 7 Best Wedding Dress Trends From 2019 You Can Shop Now," 19 Mar. 2019 Another complaint involved Uber’s lack of timely reporting of attacks on passengers by drivers, suggesting the ride-hailing company prioritised profits over public safety. The Economist, "Contrition wins the day for Uber in a big market," 28 June 2018 The study found some challenges for black passengers to find a timely driver on Uber and Lyft — and even bigger racial gulf for taxis. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Black passengers wait longer for Ubers, taxis — and get more cancellations, study finds," 28 June 2018 In the end, whether or not the measure goes on the ballot this year could depend on whether the Board of Supervisors takes timely action to put it there. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Why San Diego's marquee initiatives might not make the ballot," 29 June 2018 With flamboyant parades, a female Prospero, a timely newspaper opera and a special report on the new generation of protest musicians. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Essential Arts: A wild procession, a female 'Tempest' and music's new sounds of protest," 30 June 2018 That, however, is one of the problems with these sorts of limitations — they’re too cumbersome to remove in a timely manner. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "It’s ridiculous that it’s unconstitutional for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to run for president," 12 Dec. 2018 And this time, the series revolves around a timely theme. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "Ryan Murphy’s next show will mine the #MeToo movement," 7 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Subjects are limited to the past, though, and developers’ tendency to flatten 100-year-old structures to make way for new condos and town homes (what Walters’ calls Charlotte’s Achilles heel) makes the walks particularly timely. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "Take a stroll through Charlotte’s history and get a peek at our future via City Walks | Charlotte Observer," 3 May 2018 Her comments are especially timely, as Reagan's would-be-assassin John Hinckley Jr. was released from St. Elizabeth's Hospital last week after being detained for 35 years. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Ronald Reagan's Daughter Rebukes Trump's Second Amendment Comments," 11 Aug. 2016 Witch This is a classic Halloween costume, but one that feels particularly timely this year: Hocus Pocus turns 25! Ana Colón, Glamour, "These Are the Most Searched Halloween Costumes for 2018, According to Google," 15 Oct. 2018 Glenbrook North has hit only five home runs, but timely hitting has been in abundant supply, as illustrated by Heywood’s four two-out RBIs versus New Trier. Steve Reaven, chicagotribune.com, "Glenbrook North baseball team enjoying successful season thanks to team effort," 1 May 2018 Still, while some are calling He reckless, others are calling this a timely and necessary next chapter in the CRISPR story. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Is the CRISPR baby controversy the start of a terrifying new chapter in gene editing?," 22 Jan. 2019 Still, while some are calling He reckless, others are calling this a timely and necessary next chapter in the CRISPR story. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Is the CRISPR baby controversy the start of a terrifying new chapter in gene editing?," 30 Nov. 2018 But at its annual developers conference this week, Apple's version of shade took on a very touchy, and timely, subject: Privacy and security online in a post-Cambridge Analytica era. Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "New Updates Make Apple's Safari A Woke Browser In An Era Of Privacy Concerns," 5 June 2018 The announcement of the 'new' section of the wall is timely: The Berlin Wall was completed 57 years ago on August 13, 1961, as a border between East and West Berlin. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "A New Section of the Berlin Wall Was Just Discovered," 14 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of timely


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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Financial Definition of timeliness

What It Is

Timeliness is a ranking criterion of stocks based on the likely price performance of a stock over a short time period – usually less than 12 months.

How It Works

Stocks are ranked on a 1 - 5 scale, with one the highest achievable score.

1 indicates the top 100 Stocks
2 indicates above average stocks
3 indicates average stocks
4 indicates below average
5 indicates the lowest rated 100 stocks

Investors are encouraged to hold on to stocks ranked "1" or "2" and sell stocks ranked "4" or "5."

Why It Matters

Timeliness is most widely cited in reference to analysis reports by the Value Line Publishing, Inc., one of the widest read stock research publication companies. A high timeliness rating is Value Line's best expectation of price performance for any given stock.

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English Language Learners Definition of timely

: happening at the correct or most useful time : not happening too late


time·​ly | \ ˈtīm-lē How to pronounce timely (audio) \
timelier; timeliest

Kids Definition of timely

1 : coming early or at the right time a timely payment
2 : especially suitable to the time a timely book

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time·​ly | \ ˈtīm-lē\

Legal Definition of timely

: falling within a prescribed or reasonable time timely notice

Other Words from timely

timeliness noun
timely adverb

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