imprecise

[ im-pruh-sahys ]
/ ˌɪm prəˈsaɪs /

adjective

not precise; not exact; vague or ill-defined.

Nearby words

  1. impower,
  2. impracticable,
  3. impractical,
  4. imprecate,
  5. imprecation,
  6. imprecision,
  7. impredicative,
  8. impregnable,
  9. impregnate,
  10. impregnation

Origin of imprecise

First recorded in 1795–1805; im-2 + precise

Related formsim·pre·cise·ly, adverbim·pre·ci·sion [im-pruh-sizh-uh n] /ˌɪm prəˈsɪʒ ən/, im·pre·cise·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for imprecise

imprecise

/ (ˌɪmprɪˈsaɪs) /

adjective

not precise; inexact or inaccurate
Derived Formsimprecisely, adverbimprecision (ˌɪmprɪˈsɪʒən) or impreciseness, noun

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Word Origin and History for imprecise

imprecise

adj.

1805, from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + precise. Related: Imprecisely.

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