adjective pre·cise \pri-ˈsīs\

: very accurate and exact

—used to refer to an exact and particular time, location, etc.

: very careful and exact about the details of something

Full Definition of PRECISE

:  exactly or sharply defined or stated
:  minutely exact
:  strictly conforming to a pattern, standard, or convention
:  distinguished from every other <at just that precise moment>
pre·cise·ness noun

Examples of PRECISE

  1. Be sure to take precise measurements before you cut the cloth.
  2. The dating of very old materials has become more precise with new instruments.
  3. The word has a very precise meaning.
  4. Can you find a more precise term than good to describe the movie?
  5. Could you be a little more precise about what happened?
  6. She is very precise in her work.

Origin of PRECISE

Middle English, from Middle French precis, from Latin praecisus, past participle of praecidere to cut off, from prae- + caedere to cut
First Known Use: 15th century


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