Punc"tu*al (?), a. [F. ponctuel (cf. Sp.puntual, It. puntuale), from L. punctum point. See Point.]


Consisting in a point; limited to a point; unextended.

[R.] "This punctual spot."


The theory of the punctual existence of the soul. Krauth.


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.


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."


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.


© Webster 1913.

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