Definitions

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  • n. The state or quality of being belated or of being too late.
  • n. Slowness; backwardness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being belated, or of being too late; slowness; backwardness.

Etymologies

From belated +‎ -ness. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • That kind of belatedness isn't explicit in "Credo", but I think Zawacki's particular brand of the conditional -- the violence in not knowing, perhaps -- shares something with deCerteau's words.

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • Some press representatives with whom I talked with agreed that the apparent purpose of this message - beyond the concern of real overreaction - was to divert attention from the belatedness of interest on the part of government agencies and policymakers.

    Space weather: Are we ready for a solar strike?

  • This belatedness renders much of what I might otherwise say redundant, since other, better critics have previously covered most of the things I would otherwise have said here: Dan 'Hart to Hart' Hartland, for instance a much more expert Holmesian than I gets it pretty much right, I think.

    Archive 2010-07-01

  • Hence the belatedness of my take on this, one of last year's box-office hits.

    Archive 2010-07-01

  • I am sorry to hear you're ill on your birthday weekend, and also for the belatedness of this 'happy birthday!

    sick :(

  • If you're not hanging out with me on Facebook--most of you who know me are, I think, but presumably there are more of you out there, so sorry about this--you don't know that I have belatedly caught up with the rest of the world and discovered Project Runway, to great joy of discovery and great sadness of belatedness.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • This unsettledness seems a logical reaction, not just in lives but in artistic styles, to a sense of belatedness, a sense that there is no new terrain to stake out, just topoi among which poets can hop.

    no-yes : Stephen Burt : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • That sense of belatedness in a crowded field, with its consequent desire never to belong to one school, may work helpfully against the careerist drive for poets to develop Their Own Style, to learn to do one thing over and over and over.

    no-yes : Stephen Burt : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • Indeed, awards themselves are sometimes motivated by a sense of this very belatedness: Green Mars wins the Hugo that, really, should have gone to Red Mars, a much better novel.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • What his handwringing amounts to is a refusal to recognize that in fact he has no "hedgerow envy": there is no detachment here, no belatedness at the scene of battle.

    'That Obscure Object of Historical Desire'

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