Punctual meaning

pŭngkcho͝o-əl
The definition of punctual is on time or not late.

An example of punctual is a person who promises to arrive at 2 and who arrives at 2.

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Acting or arriving exactly at the time appointed; prompt.
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Prompt or on time.
  • (of an event) Happening at the appointed time.
  • (of a person) Acting at the appointed time.
    Luis is never late; he's the most punctual person I know.
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Paid or accomplished at or by the appointed time.
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Carefully observant of an appointed time; on time; prompt.
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(linguistics) Expressing momentary action that has no duration.
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(mathematics) Existing as a point or series of points.
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Confined to or having the nature of a point in space.
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Of, like, or drawn into a single point.
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(linguistics) Of, related to, or being the verbal aspect that expresses momentary action or action considered as having no temporal duration.
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Precise; exact.
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Origin of punctual

  • Middle English sharp-pointed from Medieval Latin pūnctuālis from Latin pūnctum point from neuter past participle of pungere to prick pungent

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition