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precise

[ pri-sahys ]
/ prɪˈsaɪs /
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adjective

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Origin of precise

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

synonym study for precise

1. See correct.

OTHER WORDS FROM precise

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH precise

précis, precise
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British Dictionary definitions for 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 of precise

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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