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Princeton's WordNet

  1. precisely, exactly, justadverb

    indicating exactness or preciseness

    "he was doing precisely (or exactly) what she had told him to do"; "it was just as he said--the jewel was gone"; "it has just enough salt"

  2. precisely, incisively, exactlyadverb

    in a precise manner

    "she always expressed herself precisely"

  3. precisely, exactly, on the nose, on the dot, on the buttonadverb

    just as it should be

    "`Precisely, my lord,' he said"


  1. preciselyadverb

    In a precise manner; exactly.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Preciselyadverb

    Etymology: from precise.

    Doth it follow, that all things in the church, from the greatest to the least, are unholy, which the Lord hath not himself precisely instituted? Richard Hooker, b. v.

    When the Lord had once precisely set down a form of executing that wherein we are to serve him, the fault appeareth greater to do that which we are not, than not to do that which we are commanded. Richard Hooker, b. ii.

    He knows,
    He cannot so precisely weed this land,
    As his misdoubts present occasion,
    His foes are so enrooted with his friends. William Shakespeare.

    Where more of these orders than one shall be set in several stories, there must be an exquisite care to place the columns precisely one over another. Henry Wotton, Architecture.

    In his tract my wary feet have stept,
    His undeclined ways precisely kept. George Sandys.

    The rule, to find the age of the moon, cannot shew precisely an exact account of the moon, because of the inequality of the motions of the sun and of the moon. William Holder.

    Measuring the diameter of the fifth dark circle, I found it the fifth part of an inch precisely. Isaac Newton, Opticks.


  1. precisely

    Precisely is an adverb that means exactly or accurately. It refers to something done with exactness, accuracy, and meticulous attention to detail. It can also be used to affirm or agree with someone, indicating that what they've said is completely correct.

Editors Contribution

  1. Precisely

    The word precisely is so conflagration to assimilate because many people's expect them to did something's so awful to one another & expected to seen lift to be so precisely in front of the lord.

    Lift is just so duplicity with asinine people's

    Etymology: With me i can handle lift the way it came but not to be so consensus with unnecessary people's

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'precisely' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2896

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'precisely' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3284

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'precisely' in Adverbs Frequency: #225

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of precisely in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of precisely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of precisely in a Sentence

  1. Richard Adams:

    The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief, which is at the heart of all popular religion, that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart.

  2. Henry Kissinger:

    University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.

  3. Robert Louis Stephenson:

    The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish.

  4. Flaviane Venditti:

    The radar measurements allow us to know more precisely where the asteroid will be in the future, including its future close approaches to Earth, in 2079, asteroid 1998 OR2 will pass Earth about 3.5 times closer than it will this year, so it is important to know its orbit precisely.

  5. Francois Molins:

    We can note that this perfectly matches ISIS' watchword, which regularly calls for committing terrorist attacks on the French territory, and to precisely slit the throats of the nonbelievers, the beheading also precisely recalls this terrorist organization's modus operandi.

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