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

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And yet this process seemed, to him, alarmingly imprecise. James Somers, The New Yorker, "How Hackers Won the Water," 13 Sep. 2019 Too many imprecise balls, handful of outright inaccurate balls. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "49ers quarterback controvery? GM John Lynch isn’t buying it," 12 Sep. 2019 In retrospect, a more nuanced headline would have been better, rather than an eye-catching (albeit imprecise) riff on a line from countless movies. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Kicking a dependence on prescription drugs can be very hard. Here’s how I’m doing it," 10 Sep. 2019 The case of Mohammed Emwazi, aka Jihadi John, demonstrates exactly how imprecise our definitions of terrorism are. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Jihadi John, Domestic Terrorist," 6 Aug. 2019 The five that preceded it were plagued with unusually imprecise command. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros, Zack Greinke beat White Sox in first game of doubleheader," 13 Aug. 2019 Those imprecise designations continue to plague legislative efforts as Congress and other states model bot bills of their own after the California effort. Renee Diresta, WIRED, "A New Law Makes Bots Identify Themselves—That's the Problem," 24 July 2019 Previous data sets were often too imprecise to measure this accurately. The Economist, "Children make parents happy, after all," 10 July 2019 Treating the human gut has always been difficult — the tools used to measure its health are imprecise and usually highly invasive. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: Swallowable Gut Sensors to Detect And Heal," 1 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of imprecise

1805, in the meaning defined above

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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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to fake an opponent out of position

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