WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
pre•cise /prɪˈsaɪs/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. definitely stated, defined, or fixed:clear, precise directions.
  2. being that one and no other[before a noun]bought the precise dress I wanted.
  3. exact in expressing oneself:He's very precise, so if he said "today,'' then he means "today.''
  4. carefully distinct:careful, almost too-precise pronunciation.
  5. exact in measuring, recording, etc.:a precise instrument.
pre•cise•ness, n. [uncountable]See -cise-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
pre•cise  (pri sīs), 
  1. definitely or strictly stated, defined, or fixed:precise directions.
  2. being exactly that and neither more nor less:a precise temperature; a precise amount.
  3. being just that and no other:the precise dress she had wanted.
  4. definite or exact in statement, as a person.
  5. carefully distinct:precise articulation.
  6. exact in measuring, recording, etc.:a precise instrument.
  7. excessively or rigidly particular:precise observance of regulations; precise grooming.
  • Latin praecīsus curtailed, brief, origin, originally past participle of praecīdere to cut off, cut short, equivalent. to prae- pre- + -cīsus, combining form of caesus, past participle of caedere to cut
  • Middle English 1350–1400
pre•cisely, adv. 
pre•ciseness, n. 
1 . explicit. See correct.  1 . indefinite, vague.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

precise /prɪˈsaɪs/ adj
  1. strictly correct in amount or value: a precise sum
  2. designating a certain thing and no other; particular: this precise location
  3. using or operating with total accuracy: precise instruments
  4. strict in observance of rules, standards, etc: a precise mind
Etymology: 16th Century: from French précis, from Latin praecīdere to curtail, from prae before + caedere to cut

preˈciseness n

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