precisely


precisely
pre|cise|ly
W3S2 [prıˈsaısli] adv
1.) exactly and correctly
= ↑exactly
Temperature can be measured precisely.
He arrived at precisely 4 o'clock.
precisely what/how/where etc
It is difficult to know precisely how much impact the changes will have.
What, precisely, does that mean?
Lathes make wheels, or, more precisely , they make cylindrical objects.
2.) used to emphasize that a particular thing is completely true or correct
Women in these jobs are paid less precisely because most of the jobs are held by women rather than men.
She's precisely the kind of person we're looking for.
3.) spoken formal used to say that you agree completely with someone
'It needs to be dealt with now.' 'Precisely, before it gets any worse.'

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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