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precise

[pri-sahys] /prɪˈsaɪs/
adjective
1.
definitely or strictly stated, defined, or fixed:
precise directions.
2.
being exactly that and neither more nor less:
a precise temperature; a precise amount.
3.
being just that and no other:
the precise dress she had wanted.
4.
definite or exact in statement, as a person.
5.
carefully distinct:
precise articulation.
6.
exact in measuring, recording, etc.:
a precise instrument.
7.
excessively or rigidly particular:
precise observance of regulations; precise grooming.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin praecīsus curtailed, brief, orig. past participle of praecīdere to cut off, cut short, equivalent to prae- pre- + -cīsus, combining form of caesus, past participle of caedere to cut
Related forms
precisely, adverb
preciseness, noun
overprecise, adjective
overprecisely, adverb
overpreciseness, noun
superprecise, adjective
superprecisely, adverb
superpreciseness, noun
ultraprecise, adjective
unprecise, adjective
unprecisely, adverb
unpreciseness, noun
Can be confused
précis, precise.
Synonyms
1. explicit. See correct.
Antonyms
1. indefinite, vague.
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Examples for precisely
  • The brain is so easily tricked, they say, precisely because it has spent a lifetime in its own body.
  • precisely what the sailors had actually seen, though, was up for debate.
  • Align it precisely with the center of the opening and carefully slide it straight down into place.
  • Each morning, it finds your check-ins from precisely one year earlier and emails you a summary.
  • Android appeals to precisely the sort of frustrated, anti-establishment people who have no trouble writing abusive notes.
  • Another, however, sees precisely how ugly a moment this is.
  • But that-with one hand tied behind their back-is precisely how democracies ought to fight terrorism.
  • But precisely what animals sense, if they feel anything at all, is a mystery.
  • precisely how the insects find their way to this refuge has long eluded biologists.
  • These are precisely the same characteristics that sound so wrong in old time music.
British Dictionary definitions for precisely

precisely

/prɪˈsaɪslɪ/
adverb
1.
in a precise manner
sentence substitute
2.
exactly: used to confirm a statement by someone else

precise

/prɪˈsaɪs/
adjective
1.
strictly correct in amount or value a precise sum
2.
designating a certain thing and no other; particular this precise location
3.
using or operating with total accuracy precise instruments
4.
strict in observance of rules, standards, etc a precise mind
Derived Forms
preciseness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from French précis, from Latin praecīdere to curtail, from prae before + caedere to cut
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Word Origin and History for precisely
precise
mid-15c., from M.Fr. précis "condensed, cut short" (14c.), from M.L. precisus, from L. praecisus "abridged, cut off," pp. of praecidere "to cut off, shorten," from prae- "in front" + caedere "to cut" (see cement; for Latin vowel change, see acquisition).
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