Accurately vs Timely - What's the difference?

accurately | timely |

As adverbs the difference between accurately and timely

is that accurately is in an accurate manner; exactly; precisely; without error or defect while timely is (archaic) in good time; early, quickly.

As an adjective timely is

done at the proper time.




(en adverb)
  • In an accurate manner; exactly; precisely; without error or defect.
  • Synonyms

    * carefully * precisely




  • Done at the proper time.
  • Happening or appearing at the proper time.
  • * Milton
  • The timely dew of sleep.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=October 20 , author=Jamie Lillywhite , title=Tottenham 1 - 0 Rubin Kazan , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=The athletic Walker, one of Tottenham's more effective attacking elements with his raids from right-back, made a timely intervention after Rose had been dispossessed and even Aaron Lennon was needed to provide an interception in the danger zone to foil another attempt by the Russians.}}
  • (obsolete) Keeping time or measure.
  • (Spenser)


    * (done at the proper time ): well-timed * (happening or appearing at the proper time ): opportune, seasonable


    * (done at the proper time ): badly timed, ill-timed * (happening or appearing at the proper time ): inopportune, unseasonable

    Derived terms

    * mistimely * overtimely * timelily * timeliness * timely-parted * untimely


    (en adverb)
  • (archaic) In good time; early, quickly.
  • * 2000 , (George RR Martin), A Storm of Swords , Bantam 2011, p. 587:
  • ‘If I had been born more timely , he said, Rhaegar would have married me instead of Elia, and it would all have come out different.’
  • (obsolete) At the right time; seasonably.
  • * 1646 , (Thomas Browne), Pseudodoxia Epidemica :
  • And this we shall more readily perform, if we timely survey our knowledge, impartially singling out those encroachments, which junior compliance and popular credulity hath admitted.

    See also

    * seasonably