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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Wolf, who has been criticized frequently over the years for inaccuracies, tweeted June 14. Washington Post, "Naomi Wolf promotes new book delayed in the US by errors," 21 June 2019 But behind the slick production, the video hides a number of fake claims along with a series of inaccuracies, half-truths, and conspiracy theories. Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN, "A slick video with claims about artificial food spreads online even though some of the claims are fake," 7 June 2019 Further, the story contains numerous inaccuracies, misleading statements, contradictions and fundamental misunderstandings of the scope of the incident and affected assets. Rosy Cordero,, "Master recordings from Tupac, Elton John, Eminem among possible casualties of 2008 fire," 12 June 2019 Domino's official line on any reported inaccuracies has been, basically: That's what happens when, regrettably, humans have to be involved. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Domino's Pizza-Spotting App Is a Window Into a Future of Justified Paranoia," 20 Feb. 2019 Florida officials later assembled a purge list of more than 2,600 names but that, too, was beset by inaccuracies. Eric Tucker, The Seattle Times, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s untruths on Russia probe, wall, jobs," 6 Feb. 2019 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

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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