punctiliar

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Formed as punctili(o) +‎ -ar, initially as as an alternative translation (instead of punctual) for the German punktuell.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

punctiliar (comparative more punctiliar, superlative most punctiliar)

  1. (grammar) Of or pertaining to an unextended point of time:
    1. (of an action) Occurring at a definite and particular point in time.
    2. (of verbal aspect or tense) Relating to a punctiliar action or event.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (grammar: of or pertaining to an unextended point of time [+ subsenses]): punctual

Antonyms[edit]

  • (grammar: of or pertaining to an unextended point of time [+ subsenses]): durative

References[edit]

Noun[edit]

punctiliar (plural punctiliars)

  1. (grammar) A verb denoting a punctiliar action or activity.
    • 1943, Richard C. H. Lenski, The Interpretation of St. Matthew’s Gospel 1–14, Augsburg Fortress (2008), →ISBN, page 289:
      First two duratives to express our practice of judging and measuring, then two punctiliars (aorists) to state God’s reciprocations.
    • 1996, University of Maryland Working Papers in Linguistics: UMD WPL IV–VI, page 122:
      Many researchers observe similar generalizations: that children seem unwilling to mark activity verbs like walk or unbounded punctiliars like jump with an -ed ending, even though this is a tense marker in the adult language that applies to all types of events.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (grammar: verb denoting a punctiliar action): punctual

Antonyms[edit]

  • (grammar: verb denoting a punctiliar action): durative