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

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inaccurately \ (ˌ)i-​ˈna-​kyə-​rət-​lē How to pronounce inaccurately (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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When Lion Air Flight 610 crashed, killing 189 people last October, pilots frantically looked through a handbook, searching for a way to override the plane's automatic aircraft nose down feature, triggered by inaccurate sensor readings. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Lion Air Pilots Had Less Than a Minute to Avert Fatal Crash," 27 Mar. 2019 There is the side that's accurate and the side that's inaccurate. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Donald Trump just keeps misquoting James Clapper on FBI 'spying'," 23 May 2018 Bryan Johnson, the teen’s immigration attorney, said the information the school passed along to police, and eventually Immigration and Customs Enforcement, wasn’t just inaccurate. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, "MS-13 is ‘taking over the school,’ one teen warned before she was killed," 9 Mar. 2018 There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Poll: GOP voters blame news for division in America; Democrats blame Trump," 1 Nov. 2018 Which is, inaccurate and unfair imbalance reporting and also sins of omission. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway: CNN's bombshell report is just a bomb," 29 Aug. 2018 One of the more serious discoveries in the audit was the inaccurate reporting of cases in which juries were selected and wrong numbers sent to OCA. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Auditor pleased with corrections made to Liberty County District Clerk's reporting system," 18 Feb. 2018 Jane Goodell defended the account and said it was made to protect her husband against inaccurate reporting. Chris Chavez,, "Colin Kaepernck's Legal Team Requests Depositions From Former Papa John's CEO, Roger Goodell's Wife," 13 Feb. 2018 The message, however, isn’t wholly inaccurate—you’re better off self-hosting. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Review: Helm Personal Server gets email self-hosting (almost) exactly right," 4 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of inaccurate

1738, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of inaccurate

: not correct or exact : having a mistake or error : not accurate


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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one that collects or salvages junk

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