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precise

pre·cise

precise

 
pronunciation:
prih saIs
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: clearly stated or strictly delineated.
The instructions were quite precise and left no room for error.She made a precise distinction between the two concepts.
synonyms:
definite, explicit, express, unambiguous, unequivocal
antonyms:
imprecise, vague
similar words:
clear, clear-cut, exact, mathematical, refined, rigorous, specific
definition 2: accurate; exact.
We need a precise count of the votes.I don't understand the precise meaning of this word.
synonyms:
accurate, correct, definite, exact, mathematical
antonyms:
approximate, imprecise, inaccurate, inexact
similar words:
absolute, dead, ideal, literal, particular, rigorous, scrupulous, specific, strict, thorough, very
definition 3: according to what is indicated.
You must give a precise dose of the medication.
synonyms:
exact, explicit, sharp, specific
similar words:
detailed, ideal, perfect, rigorous, unequivocal
definition 4: very distinct, as speech.
His precise pronunciation won him the announcer's job.
synonyms:
accurate, distinct, exact
similar words:
careful, clear, explicit, meticulous, scrupulous
definition 5: being strict or rigid, as in observance of rules or customs.
She is very precise in keeping to her schedule.
synonyms:
exact, exacting, punctilious, rigid, scrupulous
antonyms:
careless, imprecise
similar words:
conscientious, correct, fastidious, meticulous, particular, strict, unbending
derivations: precisely (adv.), preciseness (n.)
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  • precisely:
    in a precise way.
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