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

Definition of imprecise

: not precise : inexact, vague an imprecise estimate

Other Words from imprecise

imprecisely adverb
impreciseness noun
imprecision \ ˌim-​pri-​ˈsi-​zhən How to pronounce imprecise (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 The animal-pelt overlay is applied in such a way that we are made aware of the cutting and pasting involved, the imprecise use of scissors, the shadow at the edges. New York Times, 13 Oct. 2021 But these labels are clumsy and imprecise—and getting more so all the time. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, 14 Oct. 2021 Many accents were also imprecise and inauthentic, Yuen added. NBC News, 10 July 2021 Digital researchers and aid groups say free mapping tools like Google Earth are too imprecise. Luiz Romero, Wired, 28 May 2021 The story is further complicated by our gauzy and imprecise view in the rear-view mirror. Washington Post, 14 May 2021 At the time, glucose tests were imprecise and cumbersome. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 5 May 2021 Nolan’s experience is revealing of the strange, often clumsy, and imprecise ways that Facebook tries to manage content on its platform. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 5 Apr. 2021 Administration officials warned that making any intelligence estimate is challenging, that predictions about the future are always imprecise and that various factors influence the analysis. New York Times, 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of imprecise

1805, in the meaning defined above

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“Imprecise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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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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