Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Not being punctual; lateness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being unpunctual.

Etymologies

un- +‎ punctuality (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They are internationally-known for their tardiness, and in fact, Ecuador tried a campaign to eradicate "unpunctuality" but it flopped.

    Esther J. Cepeda: Where in Chicago is Ecuador?

  • 'unpunctuality' can ruin, and to which the guardian 'angel' brings as crowning qualification the knack of poking the fire adroitly -- of this -- what can one say but that -- no, best hold one's tongue and read the 'Lyrical Ballads' with finger in ear.

    The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846

  • All this, and the rest of the serene and happy inspired daily life which a piece of 'unpunctuality' can ruin, and to which the guardian 'angel' brings as crowning qualification the knack of poking the fire adroitly ” of this ” what can one say but that ” no, best hold one's tongue and read the 'Lyrical Ballads' with finger in ear.

    The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett

  • Requests for an exception denied, stealing my father's library card might have been an effective expedient, that is, had I not suffered from the twin faults of being prone to carelessness and chronic unpunctuality.

    Michael Henry Adams: Reading Amanda: One Black Man's Burden

  • In each case, we might be tempted to make unnecessary reifications, taking ˜unpunctuality™ and ˜the thought of going to hospital™ as referring to objects.

    Analysis

  • If pressed to give an example -- and gallantry becomes my enemy here -- I do recall how, in the case of someone very dear to me, a certain unpunctuality and forgetfulness seemed to be a vital part of her carefree charm.

    Christopher Hitchens: Love and Learn

  • But above all, something truly positive to show about unpunctuality.

    Mexican Punctuality

  • In spite of everything I've said, I must admit that unpunctuality has its risks.

    Mexican Punctuality

  • Washington in view of the increasing unpunctuality in the collection of the Federal revenue, but the President checked her, evidently considering these domestic matters a reflection upon the solvency of the nation.

    The Shape of Things to Come

  • Hester did it again now, and Mrs. Gresley, already irritated by her unpunctuality, tried to look away so as not to see her and prayed for patience.

    Red Pottage

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