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 formspre·cise·ly, adverbpre·cise·ness, nouno·ver·pre·cise, adjectiveo·ver·pre·cise·ly, adverbo·ver·pre·cise·ness, nounsu·per·pre·cise, adjectivesu·per·pre·cise·ly, adverbsu·per·pre·cise·ness, nounul·tra·pre·cise, adjectiveun·pre·cise, adjectiveun·pre·cise·ly, adverbun·pre·cise·ness, noun
Can be confusedprécis precise

Synonyms for precise

Synonym study

1. See correct.

Antonyms for precise Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for preciseness

Contemporary Examples of preciseness

Historical Examples of preciseness

  • He spoke English with the preciseness of an educated foreigner.

    The Heads of Apex

    Francis Flagg

  • But this preciseness did not extend to the younger Alexander's choice of subjects.

  • The most graceful principle of dress is neatness—the most vulgar is preciseness.

    Pelham, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for preciseness



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 preciseness

"precision," 1560s, from precise + -ness.



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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