inexact

adjective in·ex·act \ ˌi-nig-ˈzakt \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of inexact

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

inexactly

play \ˌi-nig-ˈzak(t)-lē\ adverb

inexactness

play \ˌi-nig-ˈzak(t)-nəs\ noun

Examples of inexact in a Sentence

  1. The measurements were somewhat inexact, but they were close enough.

  2. a thousand is an inexact figure for the number of islands in the St. Lawrence River

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Origin and Etymology of inexact

French, from in- + exact exact


INEXACT Defined for English Language Learners

inexact

adjective

Definition of inexact for English Language Learners

  • : not completely correct or precise : not exact


INEXACT Defined for Kids

inexact

adjective in·ex·act \ ˌi-nig-ˈzakt \

Definition of inexact for Students

: inaccurate
  • an inexact measurement


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