ac·​cu·​ra·​cy | \ ˈa-kyə-rə-sē How to pronounce accuracy (audio) , ˈa-k(ə-)rə- \
plural accuracies

Definition of accuracy

1 : freedom from mistake or error : correctness checked the novel for historical accuracy
2a : conformity to truth or to a standard or model : exactness impossible to determine with accuracy the number of casualties
b : degree of conformity of a measure to a standard or a true value — compare precision entry 1 sense 2a

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Examples of accuracy in a Sentence

Each experiment is performed twice to ensure accuracy. The police questioned the accuracy of his statement. He could not say with any accuracy what he had seen. Several managers have tried to increase the speed and accuracy of the workers.
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Recent Examples on the Web Further, every agreement is reviewed for accuracy before the final design process is started. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, "Once a shining star of the solar energy world, this entrepreneur is tied down with penalties," 23 Jan. 2020 You could be briefly held back by concerns about bills or other problems that must be double-checked for accuracy. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Jan. 7, 2020: Aries, serious subjects intrude on your fun; Leo, seek substance, not just glittery things," 7 Jan. 2020 There's also an indicator to show if the crosshairs are level, which is critical for long-range accuracy. Field & Stream, "The Best Hunting and Fishing Gear of the Decade," 27 Dec. 2019 Here’s how the filmmakers strove for accuracy in the filming and what to know about the real World War I history that surrounded the story. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "The Real World War I History Behind the Movie 1917," 23 Dec. 2019 The printing station erases the data on the card, and the voter reviews the ballot for accuracy before inserting it into a thick blue cloth ballot box that can be sealed. Jessica Huseman, ProPublica, "The Way America Votes Is Broken. In One Rural County, a Nonprofit Showed a Way Forward.," 12 Nov. 2019 Hollywood, Health & Society’s Sentinel Awards seeks to award shows for the accuracy of their content. Katie Campione, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Euphoria' Creator Opens Up About Addiction at Norman Lear's Sentinel Awards," 7 Nov. 2019 But Marks said poll observers for the Coalition for Good Governance saw many voters scan ballots without bothering to check them for accuracy. Russ Bynum, Twin Cities, "Georgia tests new voting system before ambitious 2020 switch," 5 Nov. 2019 That draft is given to subject matter specialists on the NSC, who edit the draft for accuracy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Anatomy of the phone call now imperiling Trump’s presidency," 12 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of accuracy

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for accuracy

accur(ate) + -acy

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The first known use of accuracy was in 1644

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11 Feb 2020

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“Accuracy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of accuracy

: freedom from mistake or error : the quality or state of being accurate
: the ability to work or perform without making mistakes


ac·​cu·​ra·​cy | \ ˈa-kyə-rə-sē How to pronounce accuracy (audio) \

Kids Definition of accuracy

: freedom from mistakes

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