in·​ac·​cu·​rate | \(ˌ)i-ˈna-kyə-rət, -k(ə-)rət\

Definition of inaccurate 

: not accurate : faulty inaccurate information

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inaccurately \ (ˌ)i-​ˈna-​kyə-​rət-​lē , -​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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West has also faced criticism for making grossly inaccurate statements about the history of slavery and race in America, often while talking about his support for Trump. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Kanye West will meet with Trump at the White House to talk prison reform, violence in Chicago," 9 Oct. 2018 The Fact Checker first reviewed a series of inaccurate statements that then-candidate Trump made about the funding of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, back in March 2016. Meg Kelly, Washington Post, "Many fact checks later President Trump is (still) botching NATO spending," 13 July 2018 Editor's note: The article was changed on Jan. 31 to remove an inaccurate statement. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wauwatosa may finance Mayfair hotel development with $9 million," 24 Jan. 2018 Other adaptions of the Scottish queen’s life include a highly inaccurate CW show titled Reign, which touched upon the relationship between Elizabeth and Mary in the later seasons. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Mary Queen of Scots," 12 July 2018 This inaccurate, confidential report has formed the basis for the calls for my resignation. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Attorney General Curtis Hill: Full transcript of his response to groping allegations," 9 July 2018 That's amid tough state laws on prescriptions that went into effect last week and after inaccurate methods led federal analysts to vastly overestimate the number of Americans who died of prescription opioid overdoses. Editors, USA TODAY, "5 things you need to know Monday," 9 July 2018 The ruling came in a case filed by a small nonprofit insurer, which said the program relied on an inaccurate formula that disproportionately rewarded big insurers. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Trump’s Latest Affordable Care Act Move Adds to Insurers’ Uncertainty," 8 July 2018 The recordings Alexa delivers to me are comprehensible, but Dad’s mumbles and pauses make the transcriptions incomplete or inaccurate. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Alexa Is a Revelation for the Blind," 15 Apr. 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 \

Kids Definition of inaccurate

: not correct or exact He made inaccurate claims.

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inaccurately adverb

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