tardiness Definition

the quality or fact of being late; lateness.

Using tardiness: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "tardiness" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Her tardiness to the meeting caused a delay in the schedule.

  • Example

    The teacher marked him down for his tardiness to class.

  • Example

    The train's tardiness was due to the heavy snowfall.

  • Example

    The company has a strict policy on tardiness.

tardiness Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for tardiness

Antonyms for tardiness

Phrases with tardiness

  • habitual tardiness

    a consistent pattern of being late


    His habitual tardiness to work resulted in a warning from his boss.

  • to compensate for being late


    He tried to make up for his tardiness by working extra hours.

  • being late but with a valid reason or excuse


    The teacher allowed excused tardiness for students who had a doctor's appointment.


Summary: tardiness in Brief

'Tardiness' [ˈtɑːdɪnəs] refers to the quality or fact of being late, often resulting in delays or negative consequences. It can be used in contexts such as work, school, and transportation, as in 'The train's tardiness was due to the heavy snowfall.' Phrases like 'habitual tardiness' and 'make up for tardiness' describe patterns and compensations for being late.

How do native speakers use this expression?