ex·​ac·​ti·​tude ig-ˈzak-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce exactitude (audio)
: the quality or an instance of being exact : exactness

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 There were notable practitioners in the generation before him (Patrick Leigh Fermor, Jan Morris, Norman Lewis, and Ryszard Kapuściński spring to mind), but Raban’s brilliantly digressive, sometimes confessional style—with its descriptive exactitude and sardonic undertow—signaled new possibilities. Colin Thubron, The New York Review of Books, 19 Jan. 2023 The Troisgros kitchen combines the experimental exactitude of a laboratory with the creative spirit of an artist’s studio and the tensely expectant energy of the wings of a theatre, and Wiseman is alive to it all. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2023 The rigor and exactitude of academic research wasn’t fun. Jacob Bacharach, The New Republic, 12 Oct. 2023 The hyperfocus required of driving a high-performance car has some similarities to making movies with the level of exactitude demanded by Mann. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 While higher precision is often required for training, the values needed during execution generally don't require that level of exactitude. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 20 Oct. 2023 The rigor and exactitude of academic research in a quantitative field in a place like MIT wasn’t fun. Jacob Bacharach, The New Republic, 12 Oct. 2023 Generally speaking, cooking is about spontaneity and touch, while baking requires precision and exactitude. Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, 11 Sep. 2023 Andy Wainwright Despite their seeming austerity and intellectual heft — mathematical exactitude, strict forms, iconographic echoes — Careau’s sculptures are as approachable and adaptable as scissors, a compass, or a trowel, and as filled with potential. Cate McQuaid, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1734, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of exactitude was in 1734

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“Exactitude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exactitude. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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ex·​ac·​ti·​tude ig-ˈzak-tə-ˌt(y)üd How to pronounce exactitude (audio)
: the quality or state of being exact

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