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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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 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

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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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