overprecise

adjective
over·​pre·​cise | \ ˌō-vər-pri-ˈsīs How to pronounce overprecise (audio) \

Definition of overprecise

: excessively or needlessly precise an overprecise estimate Their diction was overprecise, their speech clotted with formalisms …— Alastair Reynolds Wear a watch if you like so that you can time the whole outing, but there is no need to be overprecise about it.— Ruth Field To clothe a simple idea in elaborate or overprecise language results in pomposity or even humor.— Raymond George Smith

First Known Use of overprecise

1613, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About overprecise

Time Traveler for overprecise

Time Traveler

The first known use of overprecise was in 1613

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near overprecise

overpraise

overprecise

overpredict

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for overprecise

Cite this Entry

“Overprecise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overprecise. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!