Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a punctual manner; on time.
  • adv. precisely; exactly; minutely.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a punctual manner; promptly; exactly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a punctual manner.
  • With scrupulous exactness or promptness in regard to the fulfilling of obligations, duties, appointments, etc.: as, to pay debts or rent punctually.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. at the proper time

Etymologies

punctual +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I called punctually at eleven next morning, and was received with charming urbanity by Mr. Dacre himself.

    The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont

  • He walked about his room, and arranged the ends of the tallow candles; called punctually at the end of each month upon his lodgers for money; went out into the street, with the key in his hand, to look at the roof of his house, and sometimes chased the porter out of his den, where he had hidden himself to sleep.

    The Mysterious Portrait

  • He walked about his room, and arranged the ends of the tallow candles, called punctually at the end of each month upon his lodgers for his money; went out into the street, with the key in his hand, to look at the roof of his house, and sometimes chased the porter out of his den, where he had hidden himself to sleep.

    Taras Bulba and Other Tales

  • Some find it best to name a certain hour, but then, if they are not called punctually, they feel the resolution broken, and they very likely lie on slothfully.

    Stray Thoughts for Girls

  • Besides, even if our Englishwoman could by any possibility bring herself to say to a mendicant, "Excuse me, dear; I, too, am a poor devil," she would still not have the opportunity of putting the last word punctually into the feminine, which does so complete the character of the sentence.

    The Spirit of Place and Other Essays

  • He borrowed a clean shirt, and a prayer - book, from our next-door neighbour, and retired to rest at an early hour, requesting that he might be called punctually at ten o'clock next morning -- not before, as he was much fatigued.

    Sketches by Boz, illustrative of everyday life and every-day people

  • Marshall had given instructions that he and Dick were to be called punctually at eight o'clock; but when that hour arrived and the man who had the watch proceeded to arouse them, it appeared that the Captain was already awake, not having been to sleep at all, in fact; and as Dick seemed to be fast locked in the arms of slumber, Marshall softly whispered to the man who was about to arouse him, that he was to be permitted to sleep on, at the same time composing himself to rest and giving fresh instructions that both were to be called at midnight.

    Two Gallant Sons of Devon A Tale of the Days of Queen Bess

  • "If trains arrive 'punctually' 40 minutes late every time, then they should change the schedule -- not just provide better information about it."

    Italy Tracks Its Tardy Trains

  • He borrowed a clean shirt, and a prayer – book, from our next – door neighbour, and retired to rest at an early hour, requesting that he might be called punctually at ten o’clock next morning — not before, as he was much fatigued.

    Sketches by Boz

  • Pardons should never be awarded, or even appear to be awarded, as a chief executive's gratitude for his meals being served punctually and properly heated, or because his toilets flush consistently.

    Bennett L. Gershman: Pardoning Criminals -- Appropriate Mercy or Perverting Justice?

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