in·​ac·​cu·​ra·​cy | \(ˌ)i-ˈna-kyə-rə-sē, -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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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 The top-down estimate was still a little higher, but this can be explained by small inaccuracies in the activity logs, which were only updated hourly. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "How leaky is natural gas production? One puzzle solved," 2 Nov. 2018 But other inaccuracies stayed in for the sake of the story. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Westworld’s Secret Weapon Teases the Show’s Gay Future," 20 May 2018 The New York Times story contains numerous inaccuracies about my employment at Google and wild exaggerations about my compensation. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Google Employees Stage a Walkout Over the Sexual Harassment Scandal," 1 Nov. 2018 Here are some of the greatest inaccuracies put forth by Trump this summer: 1. Politifact, Teen Vogue, "Trump's Lies and Misleading Claims Have Grown in Volume Since the Start of the Presidency," 22 Aug. 2018 One of the first people to pull off this feat, a photographer from Philadelphia named William Nicholson Jennings, explicitly set out to prove the inaccuracy of the conventional lightning zigzag. Steph Yin, New York Times, "Do You Know What Lightning Really Looks Like?," 11 June 2018 Critics say its inaccuracies are unfair to a former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who is the leading candidate in the polls for the election this fall. Manuela Andreoni, New York Times, "Latest Uproar in Brazil’s Raw Political Debate: A Netflix Series," 2 Apr. 2018 Scott addressed concerns about his historical inaccuracy in the preface to his 1822 novel Peveril of the Peak, and his arguments are relevant to Noonan’s column. Christopher J. Scalia, National Review, "Must Dramatic Art Be Historically Accurate?," 10 Jan. 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 \
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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