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From Middle English timely, tymely, timliche, from Old English *tīmlīc (adj) and tīmlīċe (“in good time; timely; soon”, adverb), equivalent to time + -ly. Cognate with Danish timelig, Swedish timlig, Icelandic tímalegur, tímanlegur.
- Done at the proper time or within the proper time limits; prompt.
- Synonyms: on time, well-timed; see also Thesaurus:punctual
- Antonyms: ill-timed, late; see also Thesaurus:overdue
- Happening or appearing at the proper time.
- Synonyms: opportune, seasonable; see also Thesaurus:timely
- Antonyms: inopportune, unseasonable; see also Thesaurus:untimely
- 2011 October 20, Jamie Lillywhite, “Tottenham 1 - 0 Rubin Kazan”, in BBC Sport:
- The athletic Walker, one of Tottenham's more effective attacking elements with his raids from right-back, made a timely intervention after Rose had been dispossessed and even Aaron Lennon was needed to provide an interception in the danger zone to foil another attempt by the Russians.
- (obsolete) Keeping time or measure.
done at the proper time
happening or appearing at the proper time
- (archaic) In good time; early, quickly.
- 2000, George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords, Bantam, published 2011, page 587:
- ‘If I had been born more timely, he said, Rhaegar would have married me instead of Elia, and it would all have come out different.’
- (obsolete) At the right time; seasonably.
- 1646, Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica:
- And this we shall more readily perform, if we timely survey our knowledge, impartially singling out those encroachments, which junior compliance and popular credulity hath admitted.
- (law) In compliance with applicable time limits.
- 1998, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, US v. Merino-Balderrama:
- On May 14, 1997, the jury convicted the defendant, who currently is serving a fifteen-month sentence. The defendant timely appeals.
- 2003, United States Supreme Court, Clay v. United States:
- […] § 2255's one-year limitation period starts to run when the time for seeking such review expires. Under this rule, Clay's § 2255 petition was timely filed.
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