pre·​cise·​ly | \ pri-ˈsīs-lē How to pronounce precisely (audio) \

Definition of precisely

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Art Bridges is supporting it, but, more precisely, its support is essential in making the show happen. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Art Bridges’ Art Populism," 14 Sep. 2019 Taco Tuesday’ as commonplace achieves precisely what the intended outcome was, which was getting the U.S. government to recognize that someone cannot be sued for its use. Lindsay Kimble,, "LeBron James' Attempt to Trademark 'Taco Tuesday' Has Been Denied," 12 Sep. 2019 But the court’s lawyers argued precisely that Ms. Marquez was not an employee. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "She Sued the State Over Harassment. Then the Gaslighting Began, She Said.," 6 Sep. 2019 Or, more precisely, to the three-faced demon Baphomet, one of his emissaries. Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Satanic Panic': Film Review," 6 Sep. 2019 Arnold is an uncompromising director — like Lynne Ramsay, like Dee Rees, like Kelly Reichardt — and her work is singular precisely because of that. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "This (Wo)Man’s Work," 19 July 2019 And that is precisely Fuller’s goal: to create a space that is not only designed with the client in mind, but one that exceeds their expectations. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "This Apartment by Nicole Fuller Will Make You Want to Cover Your Walls in Lacquered Panels," 19 July 2019 At issue is the reach of the Clean Water Act, and more precisely, what waterways should be regulated by the federal government. Kurtis Alexander,, "California protects itself from Trump’s rollback of Clean Water Act," 12 Sep. 2019 Medical exemptions are at the crux of some of the most contentious arguments over how vaccination requirements should work, and more precisely who should be vaccinated in the first place. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Actually Counts as a Medical Exemption for Vaccines—and What's at Stake When They're Abused," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of precisely

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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3 Nov 2019

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

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not being in agreement or harmony

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