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.
- ex·act·a·ble, adjective
- ex·act·er, ex·ac·tor, noun
- ex·act·ness, noun
- non·ex·act·a·ble, adjective
- pre·ex·act, adjective, verb (used with object)
- qua·si-ex·act, adjective
- qua·si-ex·act·ly, adverb
- un·ex·act·ed, adjective
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How to use exact in a sentence
The master exactor smiled, and, like the rogue he was, never referred to it again.Japan | Dorothy Menpes
Day had not broken when the Yao-Tchang-Ti (exactor of debts) was on foot.Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China | Evariste Regis Huc
After visiting many curio stores they were safely landed at the store of the master exactor.Japan | Dorothy Menpes
All its tribes were terrified by the steel-clad exactor of rings, and panic-struck at his mighty power.
Lex est exactor voluntatis, qui non superatur nisi per Parvulum qui natus est nobis.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century (Volume 1) | J. H. Merle D'Aubign
British Dictionary definitions for exact
correct in every detail; strictly accurate: an exact copy
precise, as opposed to approximate; neither more nor less: the exact sum
(prenominal) specific; particular: this exact spot
operating with very great precision: exact instruments
allowing no deviation from a standard; rigorous; strict: an exact mind
based mainly on measurement and the formulation of laws, as opposed to description and classification: physics is an exact science
to force or compel (payment or performance); extort: to exact tribute
to demand as a right; insist upon: to exact respect from one's employees
to call for or require: this work exacts careful effort
- exactable, adjective
- exactness, noun
- exactor or exacter, noun
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