lateness lateness  /ˈleɪt nəs/


  • (n) quality of coming late or later in time


  1. It wasn't the lateness of his entry fully six months after most of his rivals that killed his campaign.
  2. Conversely, lateness can be used as a cover-up for shyness.
  3. Marilyn's lateness has since become legendary.


  • Compelling 'Fruitvale' explores racial tension in real-world terms

    New Year’s Eve, 2009: Oscar Grant hides a bag of marijuana down his pants before slipping a surprise pack of fruit snacks to his daughter at preschool. He snarls in the face of his former boss, demanding to be re-hired despite his history of lateness. Oscar calls his mother to wish her a happy birthday, promising to buy the clams she wanted. read more
    on August 1, 2013     Source: The Michigan Daily


  1. Warning that an NSG waiver "inconsistent" with the enabling US law, the 2006 Hyde Act will "jeopardise" the nuclear deal in the US Congress, Berman told Rice that "given the lateness in the congressional session, it would be better to review these...
    on Aug 7, 2008 By: Howard Berman Source: Economic Times

  2. "The problem was the lateness of the decision - it meant some growers were rushing to diversify into other crops such as barley and potatoes," explains Tim Mudge, commercial manager of PVGA.
    on Jul 9, 2010 By: Mudge Source: Freshinfo

  3. "If Kansas beats Missouri and then let's say loses to Oklahoma, which would be a quality loss too, because of the lateness of the loss would almost certainly knock them out," Mason said. "I think Ohio State is in a good position."
    on Nov 21, 2007 By: Glen Mason Source: Wolverine Insider (subscription)

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