- free from error or defect; consistent with a standard, rule, or model; precise; exact.
- careful or meticulous: an accurate typist.
Origin of accurate
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Examples from the Web for accurately
If Congress accurately reflected our nation on the basis of race, about 63 percent would be white, not 80 percent.The Unbearable Whiteness of Congress
January 8, 2015
Only the Sleeprate accurately detected my sleeping problems.How I Finally Got to the Bottom of My Insomnia
June 26, 2014
Most notably, his answer to a question about gun ads on bus stops can accurately be quoted as “no, because freedom.”The GOP Candidate In Arizona Who Changed His Name To Cesar Chavez
June 2, 2014
And so is the line about 2.2 million kept as prisoners in the U.S., “the highest number in the world,” KCNA accurately cites.Now It’s North Korea’s Turn to List U.S. Human Rights Abuses
May 3, 2014
The Republican accurately described the West Bank as “occupied territories” and then immediately took it back.Chris Christie Dares to Speak the Truth About Palestinians
March 31, 2014
It is needful, therefore, to understand it as accurately as may be, however we may judge it.The Man Shakespeare
Much obliged to you for recalling it so accurately and anticipating me.Little Dorrit
But, he had been so careful to get it accurately, that he then spelt it with perfect correctness.A Tale of Two Cities
He thought of how accurately she had guessed his position in life—if it was a guess.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
Her hearing had accurately conveyed to her the meaning of those sounds.The Law-Breakers
- faithfully representing or describing the truth
- showing a negligible or permissible deviation from a standardan accurate ruler
- without error; precise; meticulous
- (to n significant digits) representing the first n digits of the given number starting with the first nonzero digit, but approximating to the nearest digit in the final positionsince π = 3.14159…, the approximation 3.1416 is accurate to 5 significant digits.
- (to n decimal places) giving the first n digits after the decimal point without further approximationπ = 3.1415 is in this sense accurate to 4 decimal places
Word Origin and History for accurately
1610s, "done with care," from Latin accuratus "prepared with care, exact, elaborate," past participle of accurare "take care of," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + curare "take care of" (see cure). The notion of doing something carefully led to that of being exact (1650s). Related: Accurately; accurateness.