not exactly

Definition of not exactly

informal
1 used in speech as a mild way of saying "no" especially to indicate that what someone has said is not completely correct or true
  • "He's your boss, isn't he?" "Not exactly."
  • "Did everything go the way you planned it?" "Not exactly."
2 used as a humorous or ironic way to say "not"
  • He's not exactly the smartest guy I've ever met.

Word by Word Definitions

exactly play
  1. : in a manner or measure or to a degree or number that strictly conforms to a fact or condition

  2. : in every respect : altogether, entirely

  3. : quite so


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