Pronunciation Adjective

timely (comparative timelier, superlative timeliest)

  1. Done at the proper time or within the proper time limits; prompt.
  2. Happening or appearing at the proper time.
  3. (obsolete) Keeping time or measure.
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  1. (archaic) In good time; early, quickly.
    • 2000, George RR Martin, A Storm of Swords, Bantam 2011, p. 587:
      ‘If I had been born more timely, he said, Rhaegar would have married me instead of Elia, and it would all have come out different.’
  2. (obsolete) At the right time; seasonably.
  3. (legal) In compliance with applicable time limits.
    • 1998, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, US v. Merino-Balderrama ↗:
      On May 14, 1997, the jury convicted the defendant, who currently is serving a fifteen-month sentence. The defendant timely appeals.
    • 2003, United States Supreme Court, Clay v. United States ↗:
      […] § 2255's one-year limitation period starts to run when the time for seeking such review expires. Under this rule, Clay's § 2255 petition was timely filed.

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