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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.


adj. within the time required by statute, court rules or contract. Example: a notice of appeal is required to be filed within 60 days of the entry of judgment, so a notice filed on the 61st day is not "timely."

See: apposite, appropriate, favorable, felicitous, fitting, opportune, prompt, propitious, punctual, seasonable, suitable
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TOMORROW marks the 65th anniversary of the creation of the National Health Service - and it couldn't be a timelier reminder of what is possible when there is both vision and political will.
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The message that came back is very clear - that better and timelier communication is needed between councils and the businesses that operate in their area," he said.
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