- definitely or strictly stated, defined, or fixed: precise directions.
- being exactly that and neither more nor less: a precise temperature; a precise amount.
- being just that and no other: the precise dress she had wanted.
- definite or exact in statement, as a person.
- carefully distinct: precise articulation.
- exact in measuring, recording, etc.: a precise instrument.
- excessively or rigidly particular: precise observance of regulations; precise grooming.
Origin of precise
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Examples from the Web for precise
The goal is to create a literary anatomy of the last century—or, to be precise, from 1900 to 2014.The 2014 Novel of the Year
December 29, 2014
I spent half an hour measuring all around the president to get the 27 precise measurements I needed to craft a true custom suit.From Auschwitz to the White House: One Tailor’s American Tale
December 5, 2014
I thought he was very intelligent, very gentle, soft-spoken, precise.All Eyes on Anjelica Huston: The Legendary Actress on Love, Abuse, and Jack Nicholson
November 10, 2014
There is also striking lack of agreement among doctors about the precise definition of intersex.Intersexuality and God Through the Ages
November 9, 2014
Precise numbers are hard to come by, but reports indicate that the attacks killed hundreds of people, including children.The Kardashian Look-Alike Trolling for Assad
Noah Shachtman, Michael Kennedy
October 17, 2014
I cannot recall the precise amount, but it was not so much as what you call one dollar.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Their precise age and antiquity have been disputed with some acrimony.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
For this complaint there is no precise English name; but, alas!Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
The precise occasion of this offence cannot, and need not, be ascertained.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
What he wanted to know was the precise area of India in square miles.American Notes
- strictly correct in amount or valuea precise sum
- designating a certain thing and no other; particularthis precise location
- using or operating with total accuracyprecise instruments
- strict in observance of rules, standards, etca precise mind
Word Origin and History for precise
mid-15c., from Middle French précis "condensed, cut short" (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin precisus, from Latin praecisus "abrupt, abridged, cut off," past participle of praecidere "to cut off, shorten," from prae "before" (see pre-) + caedere "to cut" (see -cide; for Latin vowel change, see acquisition). Related: Precisely (late 14c.).