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.
- pre·cise·ly, adverb
- pre·cise·ness, noun
- o·ver·pre·cise, adjective
- o·ver·pre·cise·ly, adverb
- o·ver·pre·cise·ness, noun
- su·per·pre·cise, adjective
- su·per·pre·cise·ly, adverb
- su·per·pre·cise·ness, noun
- ul·tra·pre·cise, adjective
- un·pre·cise, adjective
- un·pre·cise·ly, adverb
- un·pre·cise·ness, noun
- précis, precise
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How to use precise in a sentence
We categorize experiences as yeses, nos, and maybes based on risk, reward, and the precise ways our bodies like to feel.
This adds tension to combat encounters since one must be very precise.‘Little Nightmares II’: A hypnotic, dark fairy tale | Christopher Byrd | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
Painterly yet precise, Joseph Cortina’s pictures indicate a substantial commitment to his art.In the galleries: Exploring the tension between physical and digital art | Mark Jenkins | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
Now, Agol, Dorn and colleagues have made the most precise measurements of the TRAPPIST-1 masses yet.Two exoplanet families redefine what planetary systems can look like | Lisa Grossman | February 5, 2021 | Science News
Amazon’s Ring Neighbors app exposed users’ precise locations and home addressesAmazon says government demands for user data spiked by 800% in 2020 | Zack Whittaker | February 1, 2021 | TechCrunch
The goal is to create a literary anatomy of the last century—or, to be precise, from 1900 to 2014.
I spent half an hour measuring all around the president to get the 27 precise measurements I needed to craft a true custom suit.From Auschwitz to the White House: One Tailor’s American Tale | Martin Greenfield | December 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I thought he was very intelligent, very gentle, soft-spoken, precise.All Eyes on Anjelica Huston: The Legendary Actress on Love, Abuse, and Jack Nicholson | Alex Suskind | November 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There is also striking lack of agreement among doctors about the precise definition of intersex.
precise numbers are hard to come by, but reports indicate that the attacks killed hundreds of people, including children.
This again is inexact, since there are no precise figures of population that cover the period.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
Suppose there was always something to do, what avails that to millions who know not how to do that precise something?Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
In the whole of anatomy there is no task so difficult as that of learning the precise attachments of the muscles of the back.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
Organisation ensues, and the general conceptions of state-deities and state-ritual are made more definite and precise.The Religion of Ancient Rome | Cyril Bailey
From these instruments have come all those precise examinations on which the accuracy of modern science intimately depends.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
British Dictionary definitions for precise
strictly correct in amount or value: a precise sum
designating a certain thing and no other; particular: this precise location
using or operating with total accuracy: precise instruments
strict in observance of rules, standards, etc: a precise mind
- preciseness, noun
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