imprecise

adjective
im·pre·cise | \ˌim-pri-ˈsīs \

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 \ 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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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 In Chatwood, the Dodgers faced one of the most imprecise pitchers in baseball. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Dodgers settle for split in doubleheader with Cubs," 20 June 2018 Its roots lie in safety concerns and the troubles that befall legacy robots in the presence of chaotic, imprecise humans. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break, part one: Rodney Brooks and robot ethics," 20 June 2018 But all those fancy computerized multi-colored graphics and danger-zone cones are still imprecise. David Whitley, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Will Central Florida learn Irma's lessons?," 1 June 2018 Facts: This is an example of how imprecise wording can turn something factually accurate into something clearly false. Michael Dresser, baltimoresun.com, "Fact check: Democratic debate yields urban myths, stretched statistics, grains of truth," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of imprecise

1805, in the meaning defined above

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imprecise

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of imprecise

: not clear or exact : not precise

imprecise

adjective
im·pre·cise | \ˌim-pri-ˈsīs \

Kids Definition of imprecise

: not clear or exact an imprecise measurement

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