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[im-pruh-sahys] /ˌɪm prəˈsaɪs/
not precise; not exact; vague or ill-defined.
1795-1805; im-2 + precise
Related forms
imprecisely, adverb
[im-pruh-sizh-uh n] /ˌɪm prəˈsɪʒ ən/ (Show IPA),
impreciseness, noun Unabridged
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  • We feel connected to every ham-fisted, labored, imprecise punch.
  • It's an imprecise method of estimating current location by tracking movement since the last known location.
  • Forecasting can be an imprecise science, whether its the weather or even more difficult to predict baseball.
  • So researchers have to rely on imprecise measurements, such as asking people to rate their symptoms on a scale.
  • The test is crude, imprecise and can take up to three days to deliver results.
  • They suspect that the device's maker used an imprecise method for calculating those times.
  • But even these broad categories and divisions often seem rather impressionistic, imprecise and overlapping.
  • It's a really imprecise expression and should not appear in a science article.
  • Such a position is simplistic as the distinction between forced and voluntary recruitment is often imprecise and ambiguous.
  • But that seems to me too imprecise, too deliberately universal in its ambitions.
British Dictionary definitions for imprecise


not precise; inexact or inaccurate
Derived Forms
imprecisely, adverb
imprecision (ˌɪmprɪˈsɪʒən), impreciseness, noun
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Word Origin and History for imprecise

1805, from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + precise. Related: Imprecisely.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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