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 His passing against Kentucky was atrocious, imprecise and lacked touch. Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel, 11 Sep. 2022 Rather than using street addresses that can be confusing and imprecise, the company divided the entire surface of the Earth into 3-meter-by-3-meter squares. Chris Smith, BGR, 22 Aug. 2022 Comparisons with Papp and the far-larger Public are inevitably imprecise. New York Times, 13 July 2022 Critics noted that many of the drop boxes the group tracked are in busy locations—community centers, libraries—and that cell-phone-tracking data is too imprecise to tell if people were using the drop boxes or simply walking by them. Dan Kaufman, The New Yorker, 25 July 2022 Estimates of the exact efficacy of the three-dose regimen are still imprecise because there have been few cases of Covid in the companies’ clinical trials. Matthew Herper, STAT, 18 June 2022 That makes reservation tallies an imprecise gauge of consumer interest, analysts say. Mike Colias, WSJ, 28 Mar. 2022 Chiefs complained that pass-through traffic in many towns made the measure too imprecise to be useful. Tom Condon,, 31 Jan. 2022 Despite significant improvements, the new models are still too imprecise to be taken at face value, which means climate-change projections still require judgment calls. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, 6 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of imprecise

1805, in the meaning defined above

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“Imprecise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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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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