pre·cise·ly | \pri-ˈsīs-lē \

Definition of precisely 

: exactly precisely two o'clock sometimes used as an intensive was popular precisely because he was so kind

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Synonyms & Antonyms for precisely


exactly, rigidly, rigorously, strictly


imprecisely, inexactly, loosely

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Examples of precisely in a Sentence

I feel precisely the same way as you do. measured the length of the board precisely

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As an initial step, Trump has called for Russia to be admitted back into the G7 club of industrialised nations, whose leaders kicked Russia out precisely because of its attacks against Ukraine. Simon Shuster, Time, "Trump's Envoy to Ukraine Urges U.S. Not to Forget Russia's War as Putin Summit Looms," 9 July 2018 Still, fruit-forward perfumes remain popular summer after summer precisely because of their ephemeral, childlike appeal. New York Times, "This Summer, Smell Like Fruit Salad," 2 July 2018 Most business owners and companies will not accept Bitcoin now for payment precisely because of the volatility. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Bitcoin ATMs showing up in odd spots across metro Detroit," 28 June 2018 For Rayside, the tragicomedy has remained a popular story precisely because of its unbelievable elements. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The True Story of “A Very English Scandal” and the Trials of a Closeted Gay Politician," 27 June 2018 Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal came about precisely because the company's ineffective privacy measures allowed app developers to collect and share user data with third parties. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple bans developers from creating, selling user Contacts databases," 13 June 2018 But at schools like South and Nebraska’s Lincoln High School, each new culture, language, ethnicity, identity and religion enriches the tapestry — precisely because that’s how these schools are designed and sustained. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "At this school, being ‘different’ is an asset," 5 June 2018 The risk at this moment: A narrative setting in that Ryan is flailing and the conference is in trouble precisely because of that fact. Phil Mattingly, CNN, "Why it's been a rough week for House Republicans," 22 May 2018 Those responsible for the sale of data and guns both disclaim responsibility for the dangerous uses to which these goods are put, though both are profitable precisely because of those dangerous activities. Priya Satia, The New Republic, "What Mass Shootings and Big Data Have in Common," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of precisely

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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