- 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 exacted
I really think this season is about the toll that is exacted on intelligence officers doing their work.‘Homeland’ Showrunner: ‘We Knew We Had to Plot a New Course’
September 30, 2013
Shortly after, a mob of Buddhists exacted retribution by pulling over a bus carrying Muslims and beating 10 passengers to death.Burma’s Rohingya Muslims Targeted by Buddhist Mob Violence
June 27, 2013
It turned out all those years of keeping the flying public safe had exacted a physical toll on the one guy not on the radar: me.An Air Traffic Controller Speaks
April 30, 2011
Currently running for Colorado attorney general, Garnett says the drawn-out case has exacted its toll.New Questions in JonBenet's Murder
October 4, 2010
If the suspected shooter was denied tenure, many will conclude that she “snapped” from the rebuke and exacted revenge.A Rare Breed of Killer
February 13, 2010
We have exacted from him what is at variance with the fixed Chinese policy of ages.
Who had exacted from her so strange a vow, that, although he might be very dear to her, she was never to let him know it?The Dream
Ought you not to have exacted my admittance to the Comedie as a reparation for the insult?The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Unless we think it may be exacted from him, we do not call it his duty.'Old-Fashioned Ethics and Common-Sense Metaphysics
William Thomas Thornton
We do no wrong in life, Justin, for which in this same life payment is not exacted.The Lion's Skin
- 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 exacted
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