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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Previous data sets were often too imprecise to measure this accurately. The Economist, "Children make parents happy, after all," 10 July 2019 Treating the human gut has always been difficult — the tools used to measure its health are imprecise and usually highly invasive. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: Swallowable Gut Sensors to Detect And Heal," 1 Jan. 2019 At first, all the measurements were so imprecise that nobody worried. Quanta Magazine, "Neutron Lifetime Puzzle Deepens, but No Dark Matter Seen," 13 Feb. 2018 The figure, which Wray conceded was imprecise, is similar to the number of arrests made in international terrorism cases and represents an uptick compared with the prior year. Matt Zapotosky,, "Wray says FBI has seen uptick in domestic terrorism cases motivated by white supremacy," 23 July 2019 An article on Sunday about the benefits of retaining aging workers gave an imprecise description of PKF O’Connor Davies. New York Times, "Corrections: March 8, 2018," 7 Mar. 2018 The imprecise nature of deliverance allows Varon to fold parts of both the union and freedom arguments into her own. Gregory Downs, Washington Post, "Why did the North fight the Civil War?," 14 June 2019 In a statement late Sunday, the Italian foreign ministry said the letter carried no juridical weight and suggested it was based on imprecise information. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "UN tells Italy proposed decree violates migrants’ rights," 19 May 2019 The genre classifications seem nebulous and imprecise, much like modern music (i.e., is that song witch house or dark electro? Soleil Ho,, "The Mission’s Prairie switches gears, but is it better?," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of imprecise

1805, in the meaning defined above

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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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not constant or steady

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