Definition of lateness in English:

lateness

noun

  • 1The fact or quality of happening or arriving after the expected or usual time; unpunctuality.

    ‘she wouldn't tolerate lateness in her class’
    • ‘Apparently admonition about his lateness has no effect upon her.’
    • ‘I had announced myself alongside an apology for my lateness.’
    • ‘The situation arose from the lateness of his instructions for which his clients must accept responsibility.’
    • ‘For minor and isolated cases of misconduct, such as lateness for duty, informal disciplinary action involving a verbal or written warning may be taken.’
    • ‘He made no calls to inform the congregation of his impending lateness.’
    • ‘But he has issued an open letter to parents which takes the extraordinary step of condoning occasional lateness.’
    • ‘We know there was large scale absenteeism and lateness.’
    • ‘Tighter controls are being enforced at a York school in an effort to crack down on truancy and lateness.’
    • ‘This hectic pace at which we all apparently live leaves little room for lateness.’
    • ‘Shortly before the second world war began, Renault sacked him for lateness.’
    • ‘City of York councillors claimed its lateness was seriously delaying protection of the city.’
    • ‘Lateness or non-attendance inconveniences other patients, depriving them of appointment time.’
    • ‘Throughout the day, Grant rode through his command rallying the force in spite of the lateness of reinforcements.’
    • ‘During the flight the production manager spoke of how he had had to discipline one of his staff for lateness.’
    • ‘He unlocked the door, apologizing over his shoulder for the lateness of the receptionist, who typically opened the office.’
    • ‘Please ensure you return promptly as lateness will incur extra charges.’
    • ‘He was often late for school himself and attributed much of that lateness to his own household and childcare responsibilities.’
    • ‘They could impose penalties for lateness, improper hairstyles, or untidiness.’
    • ‘However, if there is no good reason for the lateness, you should start your disciplinary procedure.’
    • ‘He believes the more sensitive approach to lateness may have a long-term impact on attendance.’
    unpunctuality, tardiness, belatedness, delay, retardation, dilatoriness
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  • 2The fact of being far on in the day or night.

    ‘she noticed the lateness of the hour’
    • ‘Emily looked about, just noticing the lateness of the day.’
    • ‘Mr. Willoughby and I talked animatedly together, not noticing the lateness of the hour or our increasing drunkenness.’
    • ‘Because of the lateness, we didn't want to climb too far and encounter rattlesnakes.’
    • ‘Despite the lateness of the hour Annabel gathered her skirts and prepared to take a solitary ramble in the garden.’
    • ‘Despite the lateness of the hour, everybody was still in good spirits.’
    • ‘The felicitations and good spirits lasted a while longer, until Mrs. Gardiner noted the lateness of the hour and suggested a return to the inn.’
    • ‘The only problem in trying to photograph them was the lateness of the hour.’
    • ‘But they may be explainable for a more simple reason, other than the lateness of the hour.’
    • ‘There was nobody there to welcome us, to berate us for the lateness of the hour, to force us to drink large amounts of water.’
    • ‘We stayed for only a few minutes, conscious of the lateness of the hour, and took the obligatory photos of each other.’
    • ‘The lateness of the hour precluded the finding of further volunteers for an identification parade.’
    • ‘Leave was refused on the first and third grounds with reasons to be given later in view of the lateness of the hour.’
    • ‘Balancing his cup in one hand, he reached for his pocket watch and checked the lateness of the hour, before replacing it thoughtfully.’
    • ‘Deferring to the lateness of the hour, Catherine deemed it wise to wait till morning to summon Miss Bennet.’
    • ‘The dusk and lateness were coming on him, and no stop did he make until he reached the side of the green wood.’
    • ‘She and Jane were then brought to their rooms in order to freshen up for dinner, which was a quiet affair given the lateness of the hour.’
    • ‘At length the lateness of the hour prevailed, and the Bennet family departed Netherfield, well content.’
    • ‘Actually, given the appalling lateness of the hour, there isn't really any alternative.’
    • ‘Because of the lateness of the hour at which the meeting ended the Committee was unable to decide on a suitable date when he should return to school.’
    • ‘Elizabeth and William walked their horses over half the distance to Longbourn as the newness of their union left them euphoric and quite unconcerned about the lateness of the day.’

Pronunciation:

lateness

/ˈlātnəs/