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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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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14 May 2020

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“Inaccurate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 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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