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Definition of "precise" []

  • Clearly expressed or delineated; definite: The victim gave a precise description of the suspect. (adjective)
  • Exact, as in performance, execution, or amount; accurate or correct: a precise measurement; a precise instrument. (adjective)
  • Strictly distinguished from others; very: at that precise moment. (adjective)
  • Distinct and correct in sound or meaning: precise pronunciation; precise prose. (adjective)
  • Conforming strictly to rule or proper form: "The setting up of this Maypole was a lamentable spectacle to the precise separatists that lived at New Plymouth” ( Thomas Morton). (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "precise" in a sentence
  • "Both defended the right of Israel to exist, both condemned the violence, but Benedict XVI spoke in precise terms of the Two States; he even said that the security barrier is unacceptable and that Jerusalem has to be the capital of both States."
  • "Instead, he says, health-conscious consumers should focus on getting their vitamins from plant foods, such as vegetables and whole grains, which contain precise mixtures of hundreds or even thousands of compounds."
  • "That there is some generalization of the Principle of Computational Equivalence that will somehow actually mean that with appropriate interpretation, sort of all conceivable universes are in precise detail, our actual universe, and its complete history."