ex·​ac·​ti·​tude | \ig-ˈzak-tə-ˌtüd, -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

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Yet just as much as in the darker pictures, a majority of these biblical portraits display an exactitude of characterization that belies the frisky, open brushwork Zurbarán favored. Jason Farago, New York Times, "‘Jacob and His Twelve Sons’: Zurbarán’s Biblical All-Stars," 14 Mar. 2018 Scott Pask’s set, Gregg Barnes’s costumes and Finn Ross and Adam Young’s video designs render sociological exactitude with flat comic-strip brightness. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘Mean Girls’ Sets the Perils of Being Popular to Song," 8 Apr. 2018 The exactitude of the amputations under the circumstances was striking. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Newly Unearthed Civil War Bones Speak Silently to the Grim Aftermath of Battle," 20 June 2018 Director Francesca Zambello’s production, first seen here in 2009, overlays the story with cunning exactitude on nearly two centuries of American history. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bingeing on ‘Breaking Bad’ or ‘The Wire’? Wagner’s ‘Ring’ paved the way," 30 May 2018 Kepesh’s autumnal lust is described with humiliating exactitude, a problem exacerbated, as in so many Mr. Roth books, by the presence of an apparently healthy and beautiful young woman. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "Philip Roth, seminal author of comical and simmering discontents, dies at 85," 22 May 2018 This exactitude of sonic imagination is a quality the Takacs Quartet’s loyal audiences have come to expect from the group’s regular visits to town. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, "Takacs journey to heart of Shostakovich, Beethoven," 25 Mar. 2018 No one before him has analyzed the administration of the American dependencies on such a scale and with such exactitude. Wm. Roger Louis, WSJ, "‘American Empire’ Review: Signing Up for the Imperial Club," 23 Mar. 2018 Schnapp adopts Calvino’s five surviving topics wholesale: lightness, quickness, exactitude, visibility, and multiplicity. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "The Cute Robot That Follows You Around the City," 28 Feb. 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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English Language Learners Definition of exactitude

: the quality or state of being accurate and correct

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