- 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.
Origin of precise
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Examples from the Web for precisely
But perhaps it is precisely for this reason that the rediscovery of Dietrich von Hildebrand could not come at a better time.The Catholic Philosopher Who Took on Hitler
John Henry Crosby
December 26, 2014
The Sony Hack is precisely the sort of thing that would be made into a Hollywood movie—if it weren't happening to Hollywood.Sony Hack: The Movie
The Daily Beast Video
December 16, 2014
Yet that is precisely what President Obama and more specifically the immigration lobby is asking Americans to do.The Progressive Case Against Birthright Citizenship
December 15, 2014
His deficiencies and self-doubts, amid his epochal mission of liberation, are precisely what make him interesting.Meet Moses the Swashbuckling Israelite
December 14, 2014
Indeed, a common racial slur in Dutch is, precisely, roetmop, which means soot mop.Dutch Try to Save Santa’s Slave
Nadette De Visser
December 2, 2014
It was done in precisely the same way, as before, with the same result.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
It was precisely on the pattern of that worn by the visionary Maid.The Threefold Destiny (From "Twice Told Tales")
"That is precisely what I wish them to be," responded Grace, in all earnestness.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Where it is most painful is precisely where it does most harm, among the classes we call professional.
But the perception of "how to do it" is precisely what most of us have been acquiring.
- in a precise manner
- exactly: used to confirm a statement by someone else
- 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
Word Origin and History for precisely
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.).