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

Definition of precisely

1 : 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
2 : quite so used to confirm emphatically that what has been said or suggested is exactly correct "So you think the system is outdated?" "Precisely."

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I feel precisely the same way as you do. measured the length of the board precisely
Recent Examples on the Web Big gains like that are possible in a single swoop precisely because the numbers are so bad to begin with. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Joe Biden, the Republicans, and Kids’ Stuff," 2 May 2021 That assertion is incorrect precisely because companies and sectors are different. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Adventures in ESG — JPMorgan’s Own Goal and Other Stories," 24 Apr. 2021 Those in attendance did not respond to questions regarding precisely how much more money the groups need to accomplish their goals. oregonlive, "Latino groups rebuke state’s coronavirus vaccine drive, state stands chastened," 16 Apr. 2021 Lawsuits that threaten to ban cutting-edge products, harm U.S. consumers, and stifle competition are precisely not what is needed. Ike Brannon, Forbes, "IT Patent Fights Don't Belong At The ITC," 8 Apr. 2021 Yet the university doesn’t actually know precisely how much the project cost. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "University of Oregon’s Lavish Nike-Fueled Track Stadium Cost $270 Million*," 8 Mar. 2021 That is precisely the reason why Anna Zahn opened Ricari Studios almost a decade ago, specializing in lymphatic drainage treatments. Monica Mendal, Forbes, "How Anna Zahn Of Ricari Studios Is Revolutionizing The Self-Care Industry," 21 Apr. 2021 Recently, and more originally, Bey has fought against the camera’s literalness — its insistence on showing what’s there — by trying to imagine precisely what isn’t there. Washington Post, "This photographer transcends his medium — by turning day into night and past into present," 21 Apr. 2021 That assertion is incorrect precisely because companies and sectors are different. Benjamin Zycher, National Review, "The SEC Demands a One-Size-Fits-All Climate ‘Risk’ Disclosure System," 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of precisely

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Precisely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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