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

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“Overprecise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overprecise. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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