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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Other Words from inaccurate

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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Poor quality, inaccurate and unreliable customer and business data is preventing companies from leveraging AI, according to recent studies. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Morgan Stanley Center of Excellence Readies Bank for AI’s Data Demands," 22 Apr. 2019 The book comes at a time when concerns have been raised across the country about gang databases being out of date, inaccurate and racially biased. Paige Fry,, "Crime commission book lists 'worst of the worst' in Chicago gangs," 12 June 2018 The Securities and Exchange Commission said Prosper provided inaccurate return data to over 30,000 investors between July 2015 and May 2017. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Online Lender Prosper Settles Probe Over Misleading Investors," 19 Apr. 2019 With the Lion Air tragedy, a faulty sensor on the plane's fuselage fed inaccurate data into the cockpit, signaling the plane's nose was too high and triggering the MCAS system. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "FAA 'Tentatively' Approves Software Update For The Grounded Boeing 737 Max 8," 25 Mar. 2019 When Lion Air Flight 610 crashed, killing 189 people last October, pilots frantically looked through a handbook, searching for a way to override the plane's automatic aircraft nose down feature, triggered by inaccurate sensor readings. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Lion Air Pilots Had Less Than a Minute to Avert Fatal Crash," 27 Mar. 2019 There is the side that's accurate and the side that's inaccurate. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Donald Trump just keeps misquoting James Clapper on FBI 'spying'," 23 May 2018 Bryan Johnson, the teen’s immigration attorney, said the information the school passed along to police, and eventually Immigration and Customs Enforcement, wasn’t just inaccurate. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, "MS-13 is ‘taking over the school,’ one teen warned before she was killed," 9 Mar. 2018 There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Poll: GOP voters blame news for division in America; Democrats blame Trump," 1 Nov. 2018

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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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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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to take the place or position of

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