- 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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- 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 unprecise
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.).