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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Errors can be an inaccurate way to judge defensive ability. Peter Abraham,, "Selected or not, Rafael Devers is a star for Red Sox," 6 July 2019 Experts have warned that including a citizenship question could lead to an inaccurate population count, particularly among undocumented immigrants who would opt out of answering the census. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Trump Administration Tells Court It Will Push Ahead With Efforts to Add Citizenship Question To Census," 5 July 2019 Yellowstone Forever invested in staff, buildings and technology based on the inaccurate projections. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 His critique of the state during last year’s deadly brush fires got pushback from firefighters, and police have criticized his views on gangs and crime as inaccurate. Shelby Grad,, "Trump threatens to ‘intercede’ in L.A. homelessness crisis but offers no solutions," 2 July 2019 Voting rights advocates have argued the methods disproportionately affect Democratic voters and minorities without enough consideration for the possibility of inaccurate removals, leading to claims of voter suppression. NBC News, "States removed 17 million voters from rolls in two years, government agency says," 27 June 2019 Contrast that with going to school in Orlando, Florida where people joke around about your Asianness in really inaccurate ways. Elena Nicolaou,, "Move Over, Vampires — There's A New Mythological Creature In YA Fiction & She Is Foxy," 25 June 2019 Poor fielding, dropped catches and inaccurate bowling left it facing an uphill struggle. James Masters, CNN, "Australia leaves England on the brink at Cricket World Cup," 25 June 2019 Steve Murdock, former Census Bureau director and a Rice University sociologist, said including a citizenship question would likely lead to an inaccurate count in Texas given its Latino and immigrant population. Dallas News, "Census citizenship question could affect amount of federal money Texas receives for critical needs," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of inaccurate

1738, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jul 2019

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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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