What does precise mean?

Definitions for precise
prɪˈsaɪspre·cise

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. preciseadjective

    sharply exact or accurate or delimited

    "a precise mind"; "specified a precise amount"; "arrived at the precise moment"

  2. accurate, exact, preciseadjective

    (of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth ; strictly correct

    "a precise image"; "a precise measurement"

Wiktionary

  1. preciseadjective

    exact, accurate

  2. preciseadjective

    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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PRECISEadjective

    Etymology: precis, Fr. præcisus, Lat.

    Means more durable to preserve the laws of God from oblivion and corruption grew in use, not without precise direction from God himself. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    You’ll not bear a letter for me; you stand upon your honour; why, thou unconfinable baseness, it is as much as I can do to keep the term of mine honour precise. William Shakespeare.

    The state hath given you licence to stay on land six weeks, and let it not trouble you if your occasions ask farther time; for the law in this point is not precise. Francis Bacon.

    Let us descend from this top
    Of speculation; for the hour precise
    Exacts our parting. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xiii.

    In human actions there are no degrees and precise natural limits described, but a latitude is indulged. Taylor.

    The reasonings must be precise, though the practice may admit of great latitude. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    The precise difference between a compound and collective idea is this, that a compound idea unites things of a different kind, but a collective, things of the same kind. Isaac Watts.

    The raillery of the wits in king Charles the Second’s reign, upon every thing which they called precise, was carried to so great an extravagance, that it almost put all Christianity out of countenance. Addison.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preciseadjective

    having determinate limitations; exactly or sharply defined or stated; definite; exact; nice; not vague or equivocal; as, precise rules of morality

  2. Preciseadjective

    strictly adhering or conforming to rule; very nice or exact; punctilious in conduct or ceremony; formal; ceremonious

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Precise

    prē-sīs′, adj. definite: exact: not vague: just of the right amount or measure: adhering too much to rule: excessively nice, punctilious, prim.—adv. Precise′ly.—ns. Precise′ness; Preci′sian, an over-precise person: a formalist: a puritan; Preci′sianism; Preci′sianist, Preci′sionist, a precisian; Preci′sion, quality of being precise: exactness: accuracy.—v.t. Preci′sionise, to make precise.—adj. Precī′sive, cutting off: pertaining to precision. [Fr. précis—L. præcisus, pa.p. of præcidĕrepræ, before, cædĕre, to cut.]

Editors Contribution

  1. precise

    Exact and accurate.

    They received the precise amount of goods in their order and are grateful.


    Submitted by MaryC on May 1, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'precise' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3358

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'precise' in Adjectives Frequency: #461

Anagrams for precise »

  1. pierces

  2. recipes

  3. scripee

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of precise in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of precise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of precise in a Sentence

  1. Dan Jones:

    In Hong Kong, the guidelines were quite precise in terms of what applicants had to prove in order to get a virtual banking license, more so than in Europe, it will be interesting to see whether MAS goes down a similar route to Hong Kong ... so that the only people who can apply are established companies, rather than literal start ups.

  2. Michelle Bachelet:

    The fact that the coordinates of this detention facility and the knowledge that it housed civilians had been communicated to the parties to the conflict indicates that this attack may -- depending on the precise circumstances -- amount to a war crime.

  3. Francesco Giavazzi:

    If everyone gets cut by 10 percent then everyone grumbles but you meet less resistance than if you say this precise department is badly run or superfluous and needs to close.

  4. Nick Weber:

    Once you map it out, you can start to know about how those dynamics that you have an intuition about really affect your product and your category, and you can have a much more precise idea about how those dynamics are going to affect your products.

  5. Erik Brown:

    I've never seen anything that's so precise or to the point.

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