Synonyms and Antonyms of precise

  1. 1 meeting the highest standard of accuracy a machine which takes very precise measurements of brain tumors Synonyms of precise accurate, close, delicate, exact, fine, hairline, mathematical, pinpoint, refined, rigorous, spot-on Words Related to precise correct, right, strict, true; definite, definitive; nice, subtle; careful, fastidious, finical, finicky, meticulous Near Antonyms of precise approximate, round; false, incorrect, untrue, wrong; careless, loose; indefinite, unclear, vague; doubtful, dubious, questionable, unreliable, untrustworthy Antonyms of precise coarse, imprecise, inaccurate, inexact, rough

  2. 2 being in agreement with the truth or a fact or a standard gave very precise answers to the members of the investigative committee Synonyms of precise accurate, bang on [chiefly British], dead-on, exact, good, on-target, correct, proper, right, so, spot-on, true, veraciousWords Related to precise legitimate, logical, sound, valid; errorless, faultless, flawless, impeccable, inerrant, infallible, letter-perfect, perfect; rigorous, strict, stringentNear Antonyms of precise defective, faulty, flawed, imperfectAntonyms of precise false, improper, inaccurate, incorrect, inexact, off, untrue, wrong

  3. 3 being neither more nor less than a certain amount, number, or extent gave him the precise amount that he owed him Synonyms of precise exact, flat, even, roundNear Antonyms of precise approximate, comparative, near, relative; imprecise

  4. 4 following an original exactly a precise translation of the original Greek Synonyms of precise accurate, authentic, exact, faithful, right, strict, true, veraciousWords Related to precise lifelike, realistic; careful, conscientious, meticulous, punctilious, scrupulous; authoritative; bona fide, genuine, real, veridicalNear Antonyms of precise careless, slack, slipshod, slovenly; erroneous, incorrect, invalid, off, unsound, untrue, untruthful, wrongAntonyms of precise corrupt, corrupted, false, imprecise, inaccurate, inauthentic, inexact, loose, unfaithful

  5. 5 of a particular or exact sort at that precise moment the lights went out Synonyms of precise concrete, distinct, especial, peculiar, express, set, special, specificWords Related to precise lone, only, separate, single, sole, solitary; distinctive, exclusive, individual, unique; limited, restricted; differentiated, specialized; given, specifiedNear Antonyms of precise general, generalized, generic, nonexclusive, universalAntonyms of precise nonspecific

Synonym Discussion of precise

correct, accurate, exact, precise, nice, right mean conforming to fact, standard, or truth. correct usually implies freedom from fault or error.
    • correct answers
    • socially correct dress
accurate implies fidelity to fact or truth attained by exercise of care.
    • an accurate description
exact stresses a very strict agreement with fact, standard, or truth.
    • exact measurements
precise adds to exact an emphasis on sharpness of definition or delimitation.
    • precise calibration
nice stresses great precision and delicacy of adjustment or discrimination.
    • makes nice distinctions
right is close to correct but has a stronger positive emphasis on conformity to fact or truth rather than mere absence of error or fault.
    • the right thing to do

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