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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The Lemonade breakout star has once again corrected an inaccurate tabloid story about herself. Marissa G. Muller, Allure, "Winnie Harlow Claps Back at Tabloid for Praising the Makeup She Wasn't Wearing," 31 July 2018 Last week, for example, Facebook was broadly attacked by the media for defending InfoWars, the far-right site run by Alex Jones that often peddles conspiracy theories and inaccurate information. Kara Swisher, Recode, "Media — both on the left and right — are pressing Facebook to define what journalism is," 17 July 2018 Last November, former prison gang expert Maryanne Denner filed a federal suit accusing prison officials of providing inaccurate information to prospective employers checking into her work history. Keri Blakinger, San Antonio Express-News, "Still a ‘boys’ club’: Texas prison system faces allegations of harassment, discrimination," 3 June 2018 Grant, who became executive director in 2014, claimed Sewerage & Water Board officials provided him inaccurate information that led him to affirm the city's 24 pump stations were operating at full capacity on Aug. 5. Beau Evans,, "Jade Brown Russell named acting Sewerage & Water Board executive director," 24 May 2018 But if your earnings record contains inaccurate information that works against you, your benefits could get cut as a result. Maurie Backman, USA TODAY, "Income threat: 4 mistakes that could slash your overall Social Security benefits," 4 May 2018 Checkr has faced lawsuits under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which gives people the right to dispute inaccurate information found in background checks. Klint Finley, WIRED, "The Startup That Will Vet You for Your Next Job," 27 Apr. 2018 Nitzkin's firm sues on behalf of consumers who have errors on their credit reports because of inaccurate information, such as nonpayment of bills that the person actually did pay or never owed. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Credit repair attorney accused of charging for 'free' legal service," 24 Apr. 2018 Check citations! Edit and correct inaccurate information! Jason Murdock, Newsweek, "YouTube Will Fight Spread of Conspiracy Videos With Links to Wikipedia," 14 Mar. 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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