- 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
1, 2. imprecise.
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- 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 exactor
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