accuracy

noun

ac·​cu·​ra·​cy ˈa-kyə-rə-sē How to pronounce accuracy (audio)
ˈa-k(ə-)rə-
plural accuracies
1
: freedom from mistake or error : correctness
checked the novel for historical accuracy
2
a
: 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

Example Sentences

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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Word History

Etymology

accur(ate) + -acy

First Known Use

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of accuracy was in 1644

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Cite this Entry

“Accuracy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accuracy. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

accuracy

noun

ac·​cu·​ra·​cy ˈak-yə-rə-sē How to pronounce accuracy (audio)
plural accuracies
1
: freedom from error : correctness
2
: conformity to a standard : exactness

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