precise


precise
pre|cise
W3 [prıˈsaıs] adj
[Date: 1500-1600; : French; Origin: précis, from Latin praecisus, from praecidere 'to cut off']
1.) precise information, details etc are exact, clear, and correct
= ↑exact
precise sales figures
It was difficult to get precise information.
'She's a lot older than you, isn't she?' 'Fifteen years, to be precise .'
2.) [only before noun]
used to emphasize that you are referring to an exact thing
= ↑exact
At that precise moment, her husband walked in.
The precise cause of the disease is unknown.
the precise location of the ship
the precise nature of their agreement
3.) someone who is precise is very careful about small details or about the way they behave
a precise, careful woman
with precise movements of his hands

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  • Precise — Pre*cise , a. [L. praecisus cut off, brief, concise, p. p. of praecidere to cut off in front, to cut off; prae before + caedere to cut: cf. F. pr[ e]cis. Cf. {Concise}.] 1. Having determinate limitations; exactly or sharply defined or stated;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • precise — ► ADJECTIVE 1) marked by exactness of expression or detail. 2) very attentive to detail. 3) exact; particular: at that precise moment. DERIVATIVES precisely adverb preciseness noun. USAGE Strictly speaking, pre …   English terms dictionary

  • precise — [adj1] exact, accurate absolute, actual, categorical, circumscribed, clear cut, correct, decisive, definite, determinate, explicit, express, fixed, individual, limited, literal, narrow, nice, on the button*, on the money*, on the nose*,… …   New thesaurus

  • precise — [prē sīs′, prisīs′] adj. [MFr précis < L praecisus, pp. of praecidere, to cut off, be brief < prae , before (see PRE ) + caedere, to cut (see CIDE)] 1. strictly defined; accurately stated; definite 2. speaking definitely or distinctly 3.… …   English World dictionary

  • precise — I adjective accurate, careful, clean cut, clear cut, close, correct, critical, defined, definite, detailed, determinate, diligens, distinct, elegans, even, exact, explicit, express, faithful, fastidious, faultless, finical, finicky, flawless,… …   Law dictionary

  • précisé — précisé, ée (pré si zé, zée) part. passé de préciser. Une époque précisée. Des circonstances précisées …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • precise — (adj.) mid 15c., from M.Fr. précis condensed, cut short (14c.), from M.L. precisus, from L. praecisus abridged, cut off, pp. of praecidere to cut off, shorten, from prae before (see PRE (Cf. pre )) + caedere to cut (see CEMENT (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • precise — exact, accurate, Correct, nice, right Analogous words: definite, express, Cxplicit: strict, *rigid, rigorous, stringent Antonyms: loose Contrasted words: lax, slack (see LOOSE): Careless, heedless …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • precise — [[t]prɪsa͟ɪs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: ADJ n (emphasis) You use precise to emphasize that you are referring to an exact thing, rather than something vague. I can remember the precise moment when my daughter came to see me and her new baby brother in… …   English dictionary

  • precise — pre|cise [ prı saıs ] adjective * 1. ) exact and accurate: Lara was able to tell me everything that had happened in precise detail. There is no precise definition of a storm. Can you be a little more precise? The precise date and place of his… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English