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
Recent Examples on the Web Less precise methods such as sizers can lead to imprecise guessing on size and profile. Dallas News, "How to choose the best breast augmentation solution for you," 23 Jan. 2020 Other methods, such as electroencephalography (EEG), are fast but imprecise and cannot detect deeper brain signals. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "Faster MRI Method Could Shake Up Brain Imaging," 12 Aug. 2019 Selling crops that test above 0.3% THC will no longer be possible under the interim federal rule, though farmers will get some leeway to account for imprecise test results. oregonlive, "New regulations could hamper CBD, hemp boom," 23 Feb. 2020 Others program the robots to be imprecise — varying the pressure on the pens, for example, or inconsistently sizing characters and spacing — to make the writing appear believably human. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, "The art of imperfection: People are turning to robots to write their ‘handwritten’ cards," 21 Dec. 2019 The monitor, Mark Filip, told Alsup the imprecise aspects of the technology means PG&E will overlook work that needs to be done. J.d. Morris,, "PG&E to judge: Tree trimmers doing more than ‘has ever done before’," 17 Sep. 2019 The sensors, each tuned to a different class of odiferous chemical, are simple too, generating imprecise, rough and ready signals. The Economist, "How to build a disposable microchip," 12 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, 2018 fourth-rounder Antonio Callaway offers occasional flashes but has been imprecise in his duties all season, and the 2019 fourth-rounder, safety Sheldrick Redwine, is never part of the defensive plan. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "John Dorsey’s ‘real players’ aren’t getting it done for the Cleveland Browns," 4 Nov. 2019 Because of a reporting error, a description of Maria Esdale Farrell’s job in Sunday’s voter guide was imprecise., "For the record - The Boston Globe," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of imprecise

1805, in the meaning defined above

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“Imprecise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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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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