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

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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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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Of course, that speaks to Sandler's audience matriculating toward middle age, which, conveniently, is precisely what the movie is about. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston reunite in generic 'Murder Mystery'," 14 June 2019 That’s precisely why companies like Google and Facebook—both of whose revenue is primarily ad-driven—may not add similar protections anytime soon. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "'Sign In With Apple' Protects You in Ways Google and Facebook Don't," 4 June 2019 Indeed, Abloh’s desk is precisely where Jacobs’s was. Jonathan Van Meter, Vogue, "“My Job Is To Be a Spirit Leader”: Behind the Scenes with Virgil Abloh," 14 May 2019 How precisely are memories encoded within groups of neurons? Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Human memory: How we make, remember, and forget memories," 4 Mar. 2019 People move from government to academia all the time, but this move is different — precisely because the Trump administration represents a sharp break from past presidential administrations. Nicole Hemmer, Vox, "Ex-Trump staffers should not get plum jobs at elite universities," 24 July 2018 Trump, Kushner and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin argue that a new approach is needed precisely because previous efforts have fallen short. Washington Post, "Kushner tries to sell Mideast plan to skeptical audience," 26 June 2019 That’s precisely the point, says Irene Lehrer Sandalow, who founded SketchPad at the end of 2017. Josefin Dolsten,, "Co-working space is a Jewish take on WeWork," 26 June 2019 Life is precisely what prosecutors advocated for in closing arguments. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "Richardson dad who let 3-year-old Sherin Mathews die 'over milk' gets life in prison," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of precisely

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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