pre·​cise·​ly pri-ˈsīs-lē How to pronounce precisely (audio)
: in a precise manner : exactly
weighing ingredients precisely
This incremental adjustment is continued until the bubble is precisely centered. Barry F. Kavanagh
often used to emphasize the precision of something (such as a measurement, time, description, etc.)
The sample weighed precisely 6 ounces.We arrived at precisely two o'clock.She always knows precisely what to do.He was popular precisely because he was so kind.She always woke at eight precisely. P. G. WodehouseIt is precisely to counter this sort of "negative advertising" that the garbage industry has lately been working hard to change its image. Elizabeth Royte
: quite so
used to confirm emphatically that what has been said or suggested is exactly correct
"So you think the system is outdated?" "Precisely."

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of precisely was in the 14th century

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“Precisely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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