im·​pre·​cise | \ ˌim-pri-ˈsīs How to pronounce imprecise (audio) \

Definition of imprecise

: not precise : inexact, vague an imprecise estimate

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Other Words from imprecise

imprecisely adverb
impreciseness noun
imprecision \ ˌim-​pri-​ˈsi-​zhən How to pronounce imprecision (audio) \ noun

Examples of imprecise in a Sentence

It's an imprecise translation of the original sentence. 3.14 is an imprecise approximation of the value of pi
Recent Examples on the Web There likely are dozens of fake asteroids out there, but their motions are too imprecise or jumbled to confirm their artificial identity, said Chodas. CBS News, ""I'm pretty jazzed about this": NASA expert identifies mystery object once thought an asteroid," 11 Oct. 2020 The claim is too broad, too vague, too imprecise to be meaningful. Rory Smith, New York Times, "On Empty Stages, Premier League Adds Substance to the Sales Pitch," 29 Sep. 2020 But gauging the size of these groups is difficult and imprecise, because much of their membership is limited to online participation. Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times, "Veterans Fortify the Ranks of Militias Aligned With Trump’s Views," 11 Sep. 2020 No federal agency tracks these numbers; data from local law enforcement are often incomplete and imprecise, and many hospitals themselves don’t compile the figures. Raquel Rutledge,, "Health care workers have been robbed, raped and murdered in parking garages for decades. Why haven't hospitals done more to make them safe?," 19 Aug. 2020 The disease is usually diagnosed through tests of memory and thinking skills, but that’s very imprecise and usually involves a referral to a neurologist. Marilynn Marchione, Star Tribune, "Scientists get closer to blood test for Alzheimer's disease," 28 July 2020 When pushed in the hills, however, a little float becomes underdamped and imprecise. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Cadillac CT4 450T Suffers from a Lack of Refinement," 8 July 2020 However imprecise, the model suggests a coming poverty epoch, rather than an episode. Jason Deparle, New York Times, "A Gloomy Prediction on How Much Poverty Could Rise," 16 Apr. 2020 But the problems with this technology, according to thermal imaging and virus surveillance experts, is that thermal imaging is an imprecise method for scanning crowds, and doesn't measure inner-body temperature. NBC News, "'Fever detection' cameras to fight coronavirus? Experts say they don't work," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of imprecise

1805, in the meaning defined above

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20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Imprecise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of imprecise

: not clear or exact : not precise


im·​pre·​cise | \ ˌim-pri-ˈsīs How to pronounce imprecise (audio) \

Kids Definition of imprecise

: not clear or exact an imprecise measurement

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