- 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 preciseness
This is also the preferred tactic of Ann Coulter, who provokes liberal indignation with Pavlonian preciseness.The Republican Bestseller Machine
May 1, 2009
He spoke English with the preciseness of an educated foreigner.The Heads of Apex
But this preciseness did not extend to the younger Alexander's choice of subjects.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2
The most graceful principle of dress is neatness—the most vulgar is preciseness.Pelham, Complete
Summersby took his hand; it was dry and had a preciseness about its grip that irritated him.The Enormous Room
Horace Leonard Gold
He would be struck with the preciseness, the correct air of the man.English Costume
Dion Clayton Calthrop
- 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 preciseness
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.).