in·​ac·​cu·​ra·​cy | \ (ˌ)i-ˈna-kyə-rə-sē How to pronounce inaccuracy (audio) , -k(ə-)rə-sē \
plural inaccuracies

Definition of inaccuracy

1 : the quality or state of being inaccurate

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Examples of inaccuracy in a Sentence

I pointed out the inaccuracy of his statement. The text is filled with inaccuracies.
Recent Examples on the Web Fixing this inaccuracy began in the late 1400s when German or Austrian gunmakers tumbled to the concept of cutting shallow grooves in bores, probably to offset carbon fouling. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, ".260 Remington vs. 6.5 Creedmoor: It’s All About Understanding Rifle Twist Rates," 24 June 2020 The main reason for this inaccuracy is due to how the models simulate clouds, but nobody knew exactly why the clouds were off. Thomas Hill, The Conversation, "We caught bacteria from the most pristine air on earth to help solve a climate modeling mystery," 19 June 2020 The bias and inaccuracy such research reveals comes down to how these tools are developed. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Why face-recognition technology has a bias problem," 12 June 2020 Another likely inaccuracy in the data is the number of nursing homes that have infections among the staff but none among the residents. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "Nursing home coronavirus data released by federal government is riddled with inaccuracies," 12 June 2020 The governor’s spokesman did not respond to questions about whether the governor knew about the inaccuracy. Jeremy Blackman,, "In easing COVID-19 restrictions, Gov. Abbott touted low hospitalizations. His numbers were way off.," 5 June 2020 There's little available scholarship on the effects of rubber bullets, but researchers as far back as the 1970s warned of their inaccuracy. Louise Matsakis, Wired, "‘Non-Lethal’ Anti-Protest Weapons Can Cause Serious Harm," 2 June 2020 Social media is also filled with inaccuracies, some of them potentially dangerous. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Saturday, May 16," 16 May 2020 The full scope of inaccuracies became clear only this week when the newsroom obtained a copy of the state’s agreement with Quest through a public records request. oregonlive, "Oregon got half the 20,000 coronavirus tests the governor touted. They’re not being put to use, either.," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of inaccuracy

circa 1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inaccuracy was circa 1755

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4 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Inaccuracy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of inaccuracy

: lack of correctness or exactness : lack of accuracy
: a statement that is not correct : an error or mistake


in·​ac·​cu·​ra·​cy | \ in-ˈak-yə-rə-sē How to pronounce inaccuracy (audio) \
plural inaccuracies

Kids Definition of inaccuracy

1 : lack of correctness or exactness I pointed out the inaccuracy of his statement.
2 : error, mistake Your report contains inaccuracies.

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