in·​ex·​act | \ ˌi-nig-ˈzakt How to pronounce inexact (audio) \

Definition of inexact

1 : not precisely correct or true : inaccurate an inexact translation
2 : not rigorous and careful an inexact thinker

Other Words from inexact

inexactly \ ˌi-​nig-​ˈzak(t)-​lē How to pronounce inexact (audio) \ adverb
inexactness \ ˌi-​nig-​ˈzak(t)-​nəs How to pronounce inexact (audio) \ noun

Examples of inexact in a Sentence

The measurements were somewhat inexact, but they were close enough. a thousand is an inexact figure for the number of islands in the St. Lawrence River
Recent Examples on the Web The University of Alabama at Birmingham had only played two games at their new home and game costs were still inexact. Roy S. Johnson |, al, 23 Jan. 2022 Given the small sample size of several hundred hands that a player will see over the course of three days, a single poker tournament is an incredibly inexact way of identifying the strongest player in the field. New York Times, 18 Jan. 2022 Much of forensic science was maddeningly inexact in the late 1980s when four West Side teenagers were tried for the gruesome abduction, rape and murder of 23-year-old Rush University medical student Lori Roscetti. Eric Zorn,, 1 Sep. 2020 Of course, the parallels between 1918 and today are inexact. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 31 Mar. 2020 Final verdict While 2019 performances can give some insight into next year’s frontrunners, predicting Heisman winners can be an inexact science. Destine Gibson, Dallas News, 2 Apr. 2020 The pupusas — savory cakes of masa harina, fine corn flour that Ms. Marroquin mixes with nothing more than cold water — are soft and thick, their curves comfortingly inexact, patted into shape by hand. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2020 While polling is an inexact science, none of the three polls released Tuesday had Sessions in the lead. Paul Gattis |, al, 10 Mar. 2020 Conducted by government researchers with funding from nut producers, the studies show the inexact method of determining calorie counts established more than a century ago. Candice Choi,, 4 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of inexact

circa 1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for inexact

French, from in- + exact exact

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in·​ex·​act | \ ˌi-nig-ˈzakt How to pronounce inexact (audio) \

Kids Definition of inexact

: inaccurate an inexact measurement

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