Punctual

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.
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The theory of the punctual existence of the soul.
Krauth.
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2. Observant of nice points; punctilious; precise.
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Punctual to tediousness in all that he relates.
Bp. Burnet.
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So much on punctual niceties they stand.
C. Pitt.
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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.
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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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