in·​ac·​cu·​rate | \ (ˌ)i-ˈna-kyə-rət How to pronounce inaccurate (audio) , -k(ə-)rət \

Definition of inaccurate

: not accurate : faulty inaccurate information

Other Words from inaccurate

inaccurately \ (ˌ)i-​ˈna-​kyə-​rət-​lē How to pronounce inaccurate (audio) , -​k(ə-​)rət-​ , -​kyərt-​ \ adverb

Examples of inaccurate in a Sentence

he claimed that the TV ratings were inaccurate because they didn't take into account all those viewers in health clubs the estimate is inaccurate, but will do for our purposes
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First Known Use of inaccurate

1738, in the meaning defined above

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“Inaccurate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for inaccurate


in·​ac·​cu·​rate | \ i-ˈna-kyə-rət How to pronounce inaccurate (audio) \

Kids Definition of inaccurate

: not correct or exact He made inaccurate claims.

Other Words from inaccurate

inaccurately adverb

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