ac·​cu·​ra·​cy ˈa-kyə-rə-sē How to pronounce accuracy (audio)
plural accuracies
: freedom from mistake or error : correctness
checked the novel for historical accuracy
: conformity to truth or to a standard or model : exactness
impossible to determine with accuracy the number of casualties
: degree of conformity of a measure to a standard or a true value compare precision entry 1 sense 2a

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Augmenting city staff expertise: AI empowers staff capabilities for more rapid piloting, knowledge transfer and accuracy. Timothy Papandreou, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 Complete the application form available on your state board’s website, paying close attention to detail and accuracy. Bryce Welker, Miami Herald, 15 Feb. 2024 While Stable Diffusion uses a single large model, Stable Cascade taps a pipeline of three distinct smaller models referred to as Stages A, B, and C. The company aims to improve performance and accuracy with the new architecture. Sage Lazzaro, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2024 Finally, make certain that the tax dollars paid by Tarrant County taxpayers are handled with the highest degree of accuracy and professionalism to the penny. Noah Alcala Bach, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 As Victoria Song explains here, metrics like calorie burn can vary widely depending on the user and the type of exercise, so changes to the accuracy of the data provided may not be significant. Amrita Khalid, The Verge, 13 Feb. 2024 Television’s newfound freedom to dig in, to embrace a sort of totalizing accuracy, can at times overwhelm. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 8 Feb. 2024 Site editors check the bot's findings for accuracy, write synopses, and cite sources when necessary. Kate Irwin, PCMAG, 5 Feb. 2024 In 2020 and 2021, the U.S. Government Accountability Office made similar recommendations, including checking the quality of Point-in-Time count methodologies and giving communities more detailed instructions on using sampling techniques and administrative data to improve their counts' accuracy. Jared Kofsky, ABC News, 3 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


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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“Accuracy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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

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