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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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This year I have been working to put out a faster, timelier news report for the broadcasters and to integrate the English-language online and broadcast editing staffs into a converged newsroom.
Meanwhile, businesses are always looking for ways to communicate company information to customers in an easier, timelier fashion.
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Despite a small risk of cell phones interfering with medical equipment, their use by medical personnel in one study actually lowered the overall medical error rate due to timelier communication.
While custom software has already built a reputation in the industry for helping recyclers provide more accurate and timelier service, some programs are using Web-based applications to further improve communication and relationships between recyclers and their generators.
Features can be timelier because news will be delivered more rapidly to you.
The system is allowing us to achieve timelier, less costly closings with greater quality assurance.
The subject matter couldn't be timelier," Permut says.
Some of the objectives are to (1) identify compliance areas of concern earlier; (2) seek resolution on a broad scale in a timelier manner; and (3) shift the focus to pre-filing interaction.
In addition, law-makers required the establishment of a process to ensure that nursing home inspection appeals are decided in a timelier manner and penalties that could affect patient care are adjudicated expeditiously.
The Configuration Control Board--which streamlined the directorate's change control process by adopting a more parallel procedure that facilitated a timelier approval cycle and avoided expensive delays.
The first--and perhaps, unfortunately, the last--massive museum survey of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and film made in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) in the forty years of its existence (1949-89), "Kunst in der DDR" (Art in the GDR) couldn't have been timelier.