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pre•cise /prɪˈsaɪs/USA pronunciation
pre•cise•ness, n. [uncountable]See -cise-.
- definitely stated, defined, or fixed:clear, precise directions.
- [before a noun] being that one and no other:bought the precise dress I wanted.
- exact in expressing oneself:He's very precise, so if he said "today,'' then he means "today.''
- carefully distinct:careful, almost too-precise pronunciation.
- exact in measuring, recording, etc.:a precise instrument.
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precise /prɪˈsaɪs/ adj
Etymology: 16th Century: from French précis, from Latin praecīdere to curtail, from prae before + caedere to cutpreˈciseness n
- strictly correct in amount or value: a precise sum
- designating a certain thing and no other; particular: this precise location
- using or operating with total accuracy: precise instruments
- strict in observance of rules, standards, etc: a precise mind
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