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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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. 
  The  theory  of  the  punctual  existence  of  the  soul.  -- 
  2.  Observant  of  nice  points;  punctilious;  precise. 
  Punctual  to  tediousness  in  all  that  he  relates.  -- 
  Bp  Burnet. 
  So  much  on  punctual  niceties  they  stand  --C.  Pitt. 
  3.  Appearing  or  done  at  or  adhering  exactly  to  a  regular  or 
  an  appointed  time;  precise;  prompt;  as  a  punctual  man;  a 
  punctual  payment.  ``The  race  of  the  undeviating  and 
  punctual  sun.''  --Cowper. 
  These  sharp  strokes  [of  a  pendulum],  with  their 
  inexorably  steady  intersections,  so  agree  with  our 
  successive  thoughts  that  they  seem  like  the  punctual 
  stops  counting  off  our  very  souls  into  the  past.  -- 
  J.  Martineau 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  acting  or  arriving  or  performed  exactly  at  the  time 
  appointed;  "she  expected  guests  to  be  punctual  at 
  meals";  "he  is  not  a  particularly  punctual  person"; 
  "punctual  payment"  [ant:  {unpunctual}] 

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