- strictly accurate or correct: an exact likeness; an exact description.
- precise, as opposed to approximate: the exact sum; the exact date.
- admitting of no deviation, as laws or discipline; strict or rigorous.
- capable of the greatest precision: exact instruments.
- characterized by or using strict accuracy: an exact thinker.
- Mathematics. (of a differential equation) noting that the collection of all terms, equated to zero, is an exact differential.
- to call for, demand, or require: to exact respect from one's children.
- to force or compel the payment, yielding, or performance of: to exact money; to exact tribute from a conquered people.
Origin of exact
1400–50; late Middle English exacten (v.) < Latin exāctus (past participle of exigere drive out, thrust out), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + ag(ere) to drive + -tus past participle suffix
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3. rigid, severe, unbending. 5. methodical, careful, punctilious, demanding, scrupulous. 8. wring. See extract.
1, 2. imprecise.
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Examples from the Web for exact
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He will tell you why became a cop with the exact same words used by DePrimo and many of their fellow officers.Protesters Slimed This Good Samaritan Cop
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Behind him stood a flock of fifth-grade boys—and two second-grade girls—all of them wearing the exact same yellow hat.Even Grade School Kids Are Protesting the Garner Killing Now
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Cooper had little Alexis pose for a picture on the exact spot there Garner was pinned.‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture
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How a late change in strategy may have sent Democratic volunteers after the exact wrong type of voter.Did a Flawed Computer Model Sabotage the Democrats?
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So certain was he as to the exact locality, that he offered to conduct a party to the place.Explorations in Australia
She was in countenance the exact counterpart of the general.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
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The first relates to the exact period of his residence at Leyden University.De Libris: Prose and Verse
As a matter of exact reasoning, that is quite within the measure of possibility.Within the Law
“Be exact in what you say,” Ossipon lectured in the swift motion of the hansom.The Secret Agent
- correct in every detail; strictly accuratean exact copy
- precise, as opposed to approximate; neither more nor lessthe exact sum
- (prenominal) specific; particularthis exact spot
- operating with very great precisionexact instruments
- allowing no deviation from a standard; rigorous; strictan exact mind
- based mainly on measurement and the formulation of laws, as opposed to description and classificationphysics is an exact science
- to force or compel (payment or performance); extortto exact tribute
- to demand as a right; insist uponto exact respect from one's employees
- to call for or requirethis work exacts careful effort
C16: from Latin exactus driven out, from exigere to drive forth, from agere to drive
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Word Origin and History for exact
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