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
2 : mistake, error

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Examples of inaccuracy in a Sentence

I pointed out the inaccuracy of his statement. The text is filled with inaccuracies.

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Another dangerous inaccuracy in the film is the way abortions themselves are portrayed as dangerous. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "What Unplanned Gets Wrong About Abortion, According to Experts," 11 Apr. 2019 But both also said the report contained some inaccuracies about the department’s structure and internal-affairs procedures. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "Complaints against King County deputies weren’t investigated because they were misclassified, report finds," 11 July 2018 While iTunes and the App Store have been hits, Maps was initially plagued by inaccuracies and Apple Pay struggled to gain traction. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Apple’s Pressing Challenge: Build Its Services Business," 10 Jan. 2019 Newton’s wild inaccuracy gave Carolina’s offense no chance. Andy Benoit,, "The True Value of Alvin Kamara, Cam’s Erratic Throwing, and Buffalo’s Best Chance for an Upset," 5 Jan. 2018 Some of the inaccuracies concern student-debt records. Kelsey Gee, WSJ, "Temple Rankings Scandal Spotlights M.B.A. Grads’ Swelling Debt," 5 Sep. 2018 Furthermore, a close analysis of how the IMF model and their dynamical model predictions differed showed that the sources of inaccuracy were different. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Physicists’ simple spanks economists’ complex in economic growth forecasts," 2 Aug. 2018 In the comments section, people didn't waste a minute calling Dylan out his caption for inaccuracy. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Dylan Sprouse Joked on Instagram About Cardi B and Nicki Minaj's Reported Fight at NYFW," 10 Sep. 2018 Citizen-reporters, those whose political convictions self-justify their means, thus add to the inaccuracies of professional journalism. Amar Bhidé, WSJ, "Skepticism Beats Snopes as an Antidote to Fake News," 8 June 2018

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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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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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