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. Krauth.

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.

 

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