[ pri-sahys ]
/ prɪˈsaɪs /


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 confused

précis precise

Synonym study

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Examples from the Web for preciseness

British Dictionary definitions for preciseness


/ (prɪˈsaɪs) /


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 Forms

preciseness, noun

Word Origin for precise

C16: from French précis, from Latin praecīdere to curtail, from prae before + caedere to cut
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