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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Command of his fastball was often imprecise to the arm side, a consequence of a consistent mechanical flaw in his delivery. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros option Corbin Martin to Triple-A Round Rock, recall Reymin Guduan," 5 June 2019 Of course, economic forecasting is an imprecise science—and that is putting it kindly. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Top Economist Makes a Timely Exit," 4 June 2019 Fuel injection Before fuel injection, meting out gasoline into a combustion chamber was an imprecise and finicky process. Blake Z. Rong, Popular Mechanics, "​​The Evolution of the Combustion Engine​​," 5 June 2018 That doesn't mean the combination of VR presence and simple, imprecise pointing can't unite for solid games. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Oculus Go review: The wireless-VR future begins today for only $199," 1 May 2018 The researchers say their estimate, published Tuesday in The New England Journal of Medicine, remains imprecise, with more definitive studies still to come. Sheri Fink, New York Times, "Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria Death Toll Could Exceed 4,000, New Study Estimates," 29 May 2018 In other words, the camera is looking with the imprecise eye of a doodle. James Vincent, The Verge, "Take a doodle, not a photograph, with this AI-powered camera," 6 July 2018 Trump is also a master of using imprecise, indefinite and ambiguous words when attacking others via Twitter. NBC News, "High hurdles for Stormy Daniels' defamation suit against Trump," 1 May 2018 But if Democrats get a pass to be imprecise when complaining about McConnell’s brazen scheme, what will happen to our democratic norms? Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats Scolded For Misusing Mitch McConnell’s Made Up Supreme Court Rule," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of imprecise

1805, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of imprecise was in 1805

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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 take the place or position of

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