ex·​ac·​ti·​tude | \ ig-ˈzak-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce exactitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd \

Definition of exactitude

: the quality or an instance of being exact : exactness

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Examples of exactitude in a Sentence

after its opening weekend, a movie's final box office gross can be estimated with considerable exactitude
Recent Examples on the Web But this type of color is what separates this book from the tedious exactitude of other Roosevelt stories. Leigh Giangreco, Washington Post, "Teddy Roosevelt’s example for America: Sweat and grit," 19 Sep. 2019 As much as technology has shaped the behaviors and expectations of Generation Z, it’s done the same to their parents, who can monitor communications and control how much time their kids spend on apps or games with eerie exactitude. Abby Ohlheiser, The Denver Post, "Parents are now using tracking apps to watch their kids at college," 27 Oct. 2019 Her intriguing recent oils on canvas and panel at the Los Angeles gallery Luis De Jesus are painted with brushless exactitude, their crisp and controlled surfaces belying personal and interpersonal complexities beneath. Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, "In Laura Krifka’s paintings, you’re the voyeur looking in with naked attraction," 2 Oct. 2019 The Gewandhaus players lacked the fiendish exactitude of their Berlin colleagues, but the performance took on human complexity as a result. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Kirill Petrenko’s Unadventurous Début at the Berlin Philharmonic," 9 Sep. 2019 A half-dozen impassive portraits by Otto Dix exemplify the cold exactitude of the Neue Sachlichkeit, or New Objectivity; so does another Grosz of a reader with a glass eye, skin waxy, veins bulging. New York Times, "Beat the Heat With These 10 Must-See Art Shows," 19 July 2019 Mathematicians are close to applying this exactitude to homological mirror symmetry, a program that vastly extends string theory’s original idea of mirror symmetry. Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Questions Inspire New Math," 30 Mar. 2017 Far better than a human-scale exhibition might, the dolls of this period, in the exactitude of their miniature world, detail how fashion, social protocol and the hours of the day locked together to make of woman an airtight angel. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Little Ladies: Victorian Fashion Dolls and the Feminine Ideal’ Review: An Era’s Expectations in Miniature," 17 Nov. 2018 The menu’s other two mains, skirt steak and wild coho, are grilled over oak with the same exactitude. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Central Smoke’s Asian-accented, down-home barbecue adds fire and spice to chilly nights," 25 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of exactitude

1734, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for exactitude

borrowed from French, from exact exact entry 2 + -i- -i- + -tude -tude

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The first known use of exactitude was in 1734

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7 Dec 2019

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“Exactitude.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exactitude. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of exactitude

formal : the quality or state of being accurate and correct

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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