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 inaccurate (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 Rethinking traditional museum and excavation practices is an important step towards jettisoning the inaccurate idea of the archaeologist as treasure-hunter. Smithsonian Magazine, 8 June 2021 However, these labels are inaccurate proxies for risk factors and treatment contraindications and can even hurt patients. Ashley Andreou, Scientific American, 7 June 2021 Local activists argued that such data could be used to racially profile and make inaccurate predictions about students of color, which could have led to outcomes that local authorities were trying to avoid. NBC News, 6 June 2021 As discussed in an earlier post, the San Francisco School Board voted to rename nearly a third of their schools based on rushed, shoddy research that came to bizarrely inaccurate conclusions about various historical figures. Evan Gerstmann, Forbes, 5 June 2021 An unresolved problem at academic publishers is figuring out how to remove deadnames and inaccurate pronouns on citations in papers — a confusing and laborious issue for many reasons. Rachel Metz And Kerry Flynn, CNN, 1 June 2021 Pat Scannon, founder of The Bent Prop, has spoken of their tenacious search for the B-24, which first was hampered by an inaccurate WW II map of the area and later helped by a native fisherman who directed them to metal debris. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2021 The decals were lampooned as tacky, generic and at times inaccurate — Cincinnati fans had particular beef over a poor rendering of their beloved local chili. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 26 May 2021 The decals were lampooned as tacky, generic and at times inaccurate — Cincinnati fans had particular beef over a poor rendering of their beloved local chili. Creg Stephenson |, al, 26 May 2021

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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Inaccurate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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