precise

[ pri-sahys ]
/ prɪˈsaɪs /

adjective


Nearby words

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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

Related forms
Can be confusedprécis precise

Synonym study

1. See correct.

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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 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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Word Origin and History for precise

precise

adj.

mid-15c., from Middle French précis "condensed, cut short" (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin precisus, from Latin praecisus "abrupt, abridged, cut off," past participle of praecidere "to cut off, shorten," from prae "before" (see pre-) + caedere "to cut" (see -cide; for Latin vowel change, see acquisition). Related: Precisely (late 14c.).

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