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Meaning of punctual by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms


    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈpʊntjuəl/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈpʊntjuəl/, /ˈpʊntʃuəl/, /ˈpʊŋktʃuəl/


    punctual ( comparative more punctual, superlative most punctual )

    1. prompt or on time
      1. ( of an event ) Happening at the appointed time
      2. ( of a person ) Acting at the appointed time
        Luis is never late; he's the most punctual person I know .
    2. ( mathematics ) Existing as a point or series of points
    3. ( linguistics ) Expressing momentary action that has no duration

    External links

    • punctual in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • punctual in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of punctual by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. acting or arriving or performed exactly at the time appointed

    2. she expected guests to be punctual at meals
      he is not a particularly punctual person
      punctual payment

    Definition of punctual by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Punctual a. [F. ponctuel ( cf. Sp. puntual, It. puntuale ), from L. punctum point. See Point.]
      1. Consisting in a point; limited to a point; unextended. [R.] “This punctual spot.” Milton.

      The theory of the punctual existence of the soul. Krauth.

      2. Observant of nice points; punctilious; precise.

      Punctual to tediousness in all that he relates. Bp. Burnet.

      So much on punctual niceties they stand. C. Pitt.

      3. Appearing or done at, or adhering exactly to, a regular or an appointed time; precise; prompt; as, “a punctual man; a punctual payment”. “The race of the undeviating and punctual sun.” Cowper.

      These sharp strokes [of a pendulum], with their inexorably steady intersections, so agree with our successive thoughts that they seem like the punctual stops counting off our very souls into the past. J. Martineau.