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

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 Asked to cite an inaccuracy, Callanan did not respond. Globe Staff,, 24 June 2022 All but one of the states with population overcounts, an inaccuracy that can prove beneficial through additional political representation and federal funding, mounted their own campaigns to convince residents to fill out census forms. New York Times, 19 May 2022 This inaccuracy led to the delay of COVID-19 treatment for many. Donovan Thomas, ajc, 27 June 2022 But despite this inaccuracy, Donovan said Vučević's dip in scoring is equally affected by a lack of looks provided by Bulls guards. Julia Poe,, 28 Mar. 2022 Magic Johnson vowed to never watch Winning Time because of its inaccuracy and lack of input from the Lakers organization. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 9 May 2022 Their inability or, if that’s the wrong word, their inaccuracy with the 3-point shot, kicked them hard. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Apr. 2022 The Times didn’t append a correction to the story as it might be expected to do when fixing a factual inaccuracy. Allysia Finley, WSJ, 6 June 2022 Valley, a critical care pulmonologist, called the inaccuracy of the devices a huge problem for clinical care. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, 3 June 2022 See More

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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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29 Jul 2022

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“Inaccuracy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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