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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
First recorded in 1655-65; accur(ate) + -acy
Related forms
hyperaccuracy, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • With the accuracy of his nation, he beamingly replied, "Seeshundredtousand."

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • It was simply impossible to judge with any accuracy of the distance of the ship.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Everything combines to prove the accuracy of my observations.

    The Lamplighter Charles Dickens
  • accuracy in speaking and writing had, indeed, been early impressed upon her.

  • For one thing, he must be able to estimate distance with some degree of accuracy.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
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
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Word Origin and History for accuracy

1660s, from accurate + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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