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time·ly / ˈtīmlē/ • adj. done or occurring at a favorable or useful time; opportune: a timely warning. DERIVATIVES: time·li·ness n.


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Existing or taking place within the designated period; seasonable.

A legal action is timely filed, for example, when it is brought within the time period set by the statute of limitations.

The meaning of the term timely must, in a number of situations, be determined on the basis of the facts and circumstances of each individual case. Courts have extensive discretion in determining whether a particular party has acted in a timely manner in filing papers, serving notices, or bringing motions in a legal action.

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