• (RP) IPA: /ˈpʌŋktjʊəl/, /ˈpʌŋtjʊəl/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈpʌŋktʃuəl/, /ˈpʌŋtʃuəl/


  1. Prompt; on time.
    1. (of an event) Happening at the appointed time
    2. (of a person) Acting at the appointed time
      Luis is never late; he's the most punctual person I know.
  2. (mathematics) Existing as a point or series of points
  3. (linguistics) Expressing momentary action that has no duration
  4. (nonstandard, Euro-English) Periodic; occasional.
    The management of the above mentioned feed sectors is subject to close co-operation with the Member States through […] punctual expert groups meetings where appropriate.
  5. (dated) Observing trivial points; punctilious.
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