[ pri-sahys ]
/ prɪˈsaɪs /
definitely or strictly stated, defined, or fixed: precise directions.
being exactly that and neither more nor less: a precise temperature; a precise amount.
being just that and no other: the precise dress she had wanted.
definite or exact in statement, as a person.
carefully distinct: precise articulation.
exact in measuring, recording, etc.: a precise instrument.
excessively or rigidly particular: precise observance of regulations; precise grooming.
Pore Over vs. Pour OverSince pour is a common word and sounds identical to pore, many English speakers use the verb pour in the verb phrase pore over meaning “to meditate or ponder intently.”
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
pre·cise·ly, adverbpre·cise·ness, nouno·ver·pre·cise, adjectiveo·ver·pre·cise·ly, adverb
o·ver·pre·cise·ness, nounsu·per·pre·cise, adjectivesu·per·pre·cise·ly, adverbsu·per·pre·cise·ness, nounul·tra·pre·cise, adjectiveun·pre·cise, adjectiveun·pre·cise·ly, adverbun·pre·cise·ness, noun
Can be confusedprécis precise
1. See correct.
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British Dictionary definitions for over-precise
/ (prɪˈsaɪs) /
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 Formspreciseness, noun
Word Origin for precise
C16: from French précis, from Latin praecīdere to curtail, from prae before + caedere to cut
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