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inaccurate

[ in-ak-yer-it ]
/ ɪnˈæk yər ɪt /
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adjective
not accurate; incorrect or untrue.
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Origin of inaccurate

First recorded in 1730–40; in-3 + accurate

OTHER WORDS FROM inaccurate

in·ac·cu·rate·ly, adverbin·ac·cu·rate·ness, noun
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What does inaccurate mean?

Inaccurate describes something that is incorrect, false, or not quite right, as in I came home at 9:30 last night, so saying I was out all night is inaccurate.

Inaccurate is the opposite of accurate, which describes something being free of defects or errors. You might describe a scale is inaccurate if it doesn’t show the precise weight of something.

Inaccurate can also describe something that is wrong or untrue. You could claim that the lie your brother told about you is inaccurate, especially if there’s a bit of truth in what he said but overall it’s wrong.

Example: The results of the test were inaccurate, but they can be used to improve the next one.

Where does inaccurate come from?

The first records of the term inaccurate come from around 1730. It combines the Latin prefix in, which has a negative force, and the Latin accūrātus, meaning “carefully prepared.”

Inaccurate can mean “imprecise” in the sense that the thing being described is not perfectly correct. However, imprecise can also mean “vague or ill-defined,” while inaccurate does not. Being precise with your word choice will help to speak and write more accurately, which other people will appreciate.

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  • inaccurately (adverb)
  • inaccurateness (noun)

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Inaccurate is often used in research or education.

 

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Is inaccurate used correctly in the following sentence?

The speaker claimed that the sun rises in the west, which is inaccurate.

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British Dictionary definitions for inaccurate

inaccurate
/ (ɪnˈækjʊrɪt) /

adjective
not accurate; imprecise, inexact, or erroneous

Derived forms of inaccurate

inaccurately, adverbinaccurateness, noun
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