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
Recent Examples on the Web Earlier suggestions that multiple officers from each zone had walked off the job were inaccurate. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Atlanta police department morale "is down ten-fold," Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says," 18 June 2020 In a statement, the Atlanta Police Department saying reports that multiple officers from each zone had walked off the job were inaccurate. Ryan Young, CNN, "Atlanta police officers not answering some 911 calls after former cop charged with murder, sources say," 17 June 2020 But both Democratic and Republican officials who oversee the process say that's inaccurate. NBC News, "New Postal Service head is a top Trump donor. What does that mean for its future?," 16 June 2020 States that don’t regularly send ballots to voters may keep inaccurate voter address lists, leaving overburdened postal workers to deliver ballots to the wrong places. Ryan Mccarthy And Maryam Jameel, ProPublica, "The Postal Service Is Steadily Getting Worse — Can It Handle a National Mail-In Election?," 15 June 2020 Donna Lainey, an executive assistant at Triple Five, said the estimate is inaccurate. Natalie Wong,, "American Dream Leaves Clan Behind Mall Empire Mired in Debt," 11 June 2020 But an analysis by the department’s inspector general released Tuesday found that Justice Department officials were working off faulty numbers, part of an inaccurate portrayal of the agency’s larger budget situation. Tal Kopan,, "Trump officials cut immigration court interpreters after miscalculating costs, report finds," 9 June 2020 The statistics in the circulating graphic are inaccurate. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Comparison of COVID-19 case data based on state politics is wrong," 5 June 2020 The federal agency noted there are several limitations to the data and some of the early reporting by facilities may be inaccurate. Detroit Free Press, "True count of how many COVID-19 deaths in Michigan nursing homes remains unclear," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of inaccurate

1738, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inaccurate was in 1738

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23 Jun 2020

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“Inaccurate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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