[ ig-zakt ]
/ ɪgˈzækt /
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
Words nearby exact
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
SYNONYMS FOR exact
ANTONYMS FOR exact
1, 2 imprecise.
OTHER WORDS FROM exact
ex·act·a·ble, adjectiveex·act·er, ex·ac·tor, nounex·act·ness, nounnon·ex·act·a·ble, adjective
pre·ex·act, adjective, verb (used with object)qua·si-ex·act, adjectivequa·si-ex·act·ly, adverbun·ex·act·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for exactor
Day had not broken when the Yao-Tchang-Ti (exactor of debts) was on foot.Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China|Evariste Regis Huc
British Dictionary definitions for exactor
/ (ɪɡˈzækt) /
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
Derived forms of exactexactable, adjectiveexactness, nounexactor or exacter, noun
Word Origin for exact
C16: from Latin exactus driven out, from exigere to drive forth, from agere to drive
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