punctual c.1400, from M.L. punctualis (early 13c.), from L. punctus "a pricking" (see POINT (Cf. point)). Originally "having a sharp point;" meaning "prompt" first recorded 1670s, from notion of "insisting on fine points."

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  • punctual — PUNCTUÁL, Ă, punctuali, e, adj. 1. (Despre oameni) Care este exact, care respectă întocmai termenul sau momentul fixat. ♦ (Adverbial) La timp, cu punctualitate. 2. (Despre verbe) Care arată că acţiunea se petrece într un singur moment. [pr.: tu… …   Dicționar Român

  • Punctual — Punc tu*al, 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. [1913 Webster] The theory of the punctual existence of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • punctual — punc‧tu‧al [ˈpʌŋktʆuəl] adjective arriving, happening, or being done at exactly the time that was arranged: • She s always very punctual for her appointments. punctually adverb : • The court session started punctually at 9:00 am. * * * punctual… …   Financial and business terms

  • punctual — I adjective accurate, ad tempus advenire, attentive, conscientious, dependable, diligent, early, exact, exacting, expeditious, fussy, meticulous, minutely correct, never late, on schedule, on time, precise, prompt, properly timed, ready, regular …   Law dictionary

  • punctual — punctilious, meticulous, scrupulous, Careful Analogous words: *quick, prompt, ready: precise, Correct, nice, right …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • punctual — [adj] on time accurate, careful, conscientious, conscionable, constant, cyclic, dependable, early, exact, expeditious, fussy, heedful, in good time*, meticulous, on schedule, on the button*, on the dot*, on the nose*, painstaking, particular,… …   New thesaurus

  • punctual — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ happening or keeping to the appointed time. DERIVATIVES punctuality noun punctually adverb. ORIGIN Latin punctualis, from punctum a point …   English terms dictionary

  • punctual — [puŋk′cho͞o əl] adj. [ME < ML punctualis < L punctus, a POINT] 1. of, like, or drawn into a single point 2. carefully observant of an appointed time; on time; prompt 3. archaic var. of PUNCTILIOUS punctuality [puŋk′cho͞oal′ə tē] n.… …   English World dictionary

  • punctual — 01. He was always very [punctual], so we knew something was wrong when he still hadn t shown up ten minutes into the meeting. 02. As your teacher, I expect you to be in class every day, and I expect you to be [punctual]. The class starts at 8:30 …   Grammatical examples in English

  • punctual — adj. punctual in (punctual in paying one s rent) * * * [ pʌŋktʃʊəl] punctual in (punctual in paying one s rent) …   Combinatory dictionary

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