precise

[ pri-sahys ]
/ prɪˈsaɪs /

adjective

Origin of precise

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin praecīsus curtailed, brief, orig. past participle of praecīdere to cut off, cut short, equivalent to prae- pre- + -cīsus, combining form of caesus, past participle of caedere to cut

SYNONYMS FOR precise

ANTONYMS FOR precise

Related forms

Can be confused

précis precise

Synonym study

1. See correct.
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Examples from the Web for over-precise

  • Squaretoes: an over-precise or "goody-good" sort of a person.

    Tom Brown at Rugby|Thomas Hughes
  • It can never make one over-precise, self-conscious, affected, or priggish.

    The Majesty of Calmness|William George Jordan

British Dictionary definitions for over-precise

precise

/ (prɪˈsaɪs) /

adjective

strictly correct in amount or valuea precise sum
designating a certain thing and no other; particularthis precise location
using or operating with total accuracyprecise instruments
strict in observance of rules, standards, etca precise mind

Derived Forms

preciseness, noun

Word Origin for precise

C16: from French précis, from Latin praecīdere to curtail, from prae before + caedere to cut
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