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[ak-yer-uh-see] /ˈæk yər ə si/
noun, plural accuracies.
the condition or quality of being true, correct, or exact; freedom from error or defect; precision or exactness; correctness.
Chemistry, Physics. the extent to which a given measurement agrees with the standard value for that measurement.
Compare precision (def 6).
Mathematics. the degree of correctness of a quantity, expression, etc.
Compare precision (def 5).
Origin of accuracy
1655-65; accur(ate) + -acy
Related forms
hyperaccuracy, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for accuracy
  • Pendulums, springs, tuning forks and piezoelectric crystals have all been pressed into service with varying degrees of accuracy.
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  • Heavy media coverage and folk beliefs are not equivalent to accuracy.
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  • There has been a gain of accuracy, but a serious loss of vigour.
  • In the end, the accuracy of all such sources becomes dubious.
  • Peer review does not guarantee quality or accuracy.
  • The prose is stilted, the plot hackneyed and both dialogue and settings pay little attention to historical accuracy.
  • It is impossible to answer your question with any degree of accuracy.
  • Success will be assessed by the accuracy and completeness of the archive.
British Dictionary definitions for accuracy


noun (pl) -cies
faithful measurement or representation of the truth; correctness; precision
(physics, chem) the degree of agreement between a measured or computed value of a physical quantity and the standard or accepted value for that quantity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for accuracy

1660s, from accurate + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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accuracy in Technology

How close to the real value a measurement is.
Compare precision.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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