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

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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 Why Verge readers might care: Like Jane and Michael, an awful lot of kids grew up with Mary Poppins, and they might be intrigued to see her return, now played with crisp exactitude by Emily Blunt. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The Verge fall movie preview, December 2018," 7 Sep. 2018 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

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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

formal : the quality or state of being accurate and correct

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