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  • n. The property of being late

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state, condition, or quality, of being late

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being late or tardy, or of coming or appearing after the usual or proper time: as, the lateness of harvest.
  • n. Time far advanced in any particular period: as, lateness in the season.
  • n. Recency, absolute or comparative; recent origin, discovery, etc.

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

  • n. quality of coming late or later in time


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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