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 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 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, "How a Bunch of Revolutionary War Reenactors Got Caught Up in Facebook’s Purge of Militia Groups," 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, "Officials Try to Sway Biden Using Intelligence on Potential for Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan," 26 Mar. 2021 Decisions about how, when and what to farm remain highly underoptimized and imprecise today. Rob Toews, Forbes, "A Wave Of Billion-Dollar Computer Vision Startups Is Coming," 1 Mar. 2021 This language of distrust around vaccines is too imprecise. Julian L. Watkins, STAT, "To get the Covid-19 vaccine right, we must close the confidence gap and stop pathologizing communities of color," 18 Dec. 2020 However, advocates suggest the data is drastically underreported and imprecise. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "Dallas will allow churches, nonprofits to care for homeless during bad weather — except downtown," 12 Nov. 2020 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

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First Known Use of imprecise

1805, in the meaning defined above

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“Imprecise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 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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