When someone says “Be punctual,” that means you better be there on time. Five minutes late won’t cut it.

Some people seem to follow an appointment clock instinctively. We call those types punctual. They'll check their watch when you arrive three minutes late. The word punctual originates from the Latin word punctualis, which means “a point.” To be punctual, you have to arrive at the right point in time. For your appointment. Get the point?

Definitions of punctual

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”
according to schedule or without delay; on time
before a time limit expires
not punctual; after the appointed time
behind schedule
belated, late, tardy
after the expected or usual time; delayed
benighted, nighted
overtaken by night or darkness
just before a deadline; at the last minute
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