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Meaning of precise by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • præcise ( archaic )


    precise ( comparative more precise, superlative most precise )

    1. exact, accurate
    2. ( sciences ) Of experimental results, consistent, clustered close together, agreeing with each other. This does not mean that they cluster near the true, correct, or accurate value .


    • See also Wikisaurus:meticulous


    • ( exact, accurate ): inexact, incorrect, imprecise
    • ( consistent ): inconsistent, varying

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Explanation of precise by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. ( of ideas, images, representations, expressions ) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth

    2. a precise image
      a precise measurement
    3. sharply exact or accurate or delimited

    4. a precise mind
      specified a precise amount
      arrived at the precise moment

    Definition of precise by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Precise a. [L. praecisus cut off, brief, concise, p. p. of praecidere to cut off in front, to cut off; prae before + caedere to cut: cf. F. précis. Cf. Concise.]
      1. Having determinate limitations; exactly or sharply defined or stated; definite; exact; nice; not vague or equivocal; as, “precise rules of morality”.

      The law in this point is not precise. Bacon.

      For the hour precise

      Exacts our parting hence. Milton.

      2. Strictly adhering or conforming to rule; very nice or exact; punctilious in conduct or ceremony; formal; ceremonious. Addison.

      He was ever precise in promise-keeping. Shak.

      Syn. -- Accurate; exact; definite; correct; scrupulous; punctilious; particular; nice; formal. See Accurate.

      -- Precisely, adv. -- Preciseness, n.