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pre·cise

 (prĭ-sīs′)
adj.
1. Clearly expressed or delineated; definite: The victim gave a precise description of the suspect.
2. Exact, as in performance, execution, or amount; accurate or correct: a precise measurement; a precise instrument.
3. Strictly distinguished from others; very: at that precise moment.
4. Distinct and correct in sound or meaning: precise pronunciation; precise prose.
5. Conforming strictly to rule or proper form: "The setting up of this Maypole was a lamentable spectacle to the precise separatists that lived at New Plymouth" (Thomas Morton).

[Middle English, exact, from Old French precis, condensed, precisely fixed, from Latin praecīsus, past participle of praecīdere, to shorten : prae-, pre- + caedere, to cut; see kaə-id- in Indo-European roots.]

pre·cise′ness n.

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.
[C16: from French précis, from Latin praecīdere to curtail, from prae before + caedere to cut]
preˈciseness n

pre•cise

(prɪˈsaɪs)

adj.
1. definitely or strictly stated, defined, or fixed: precise directions.
2. being that one and no other: the precise dress I wanted.
3. exact in expressing oneself.
4. carefully distinct: precise articulation.
5. exact in measuring, recording, etc.: a precise instrument.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin praecīsus curtailed, brief]
pre•cise′ly, adv.
pre•cise′ness, n.
syn: See correct.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.precise - sharply exact or accurate or delimited; "a precise mind"; "specified a precise amount"; "arrived at the precise moment"
accurate - conforming exactly or almost exactly to fact or to a standard or performing with total accuracy; "an accurate reproduction"; "the accounting was accurate"; "accurate measurements"; "an accurate scale"
distinct - easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined; "a distinct flavor"; "a distinct odor of turpentine"; "a distinct outline"; "the ship appeared as a distinct silhouette"; "distinct fingerprints"
exact - marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact; "an exact mind"; "an exact copy"; "hit the exact center of the target"
specific - (sometimes followed by `to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique; "rules with specific application"; "demands specific to the job"; "a specific and detailed account of the accident"
imprecise - not precise; "imprecise astronomical observations"; "the terms he used were imprecise and emotional"
2.precise - (of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth precise - (of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth ; strictly correct; "a precise image"; "a precise measurement"
correct, right - free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth; "the correct answer"; "the correct version"; "the right answer"; "took the right road"; "the right decision"

precise

precise

adjective
1. Clearly, fully, and sometimes emphatically expressed:
2. Having no errors:
4. Strictly distinguished from others:
5. Marked by excessive concern for propriety and good form:
Translations
بِالضَبْطدَقيق، مُحْكَم، حذِرمَضْبوط
přesnýprecizní
præcisnøjagtigomhyggelig
tarkka
precizan
pontos
akkúrat, nákvæmurnákvæmur
正確な
정확한
būtent taipprecizinispreciziškumas
akurātsprecīzs
natančen
precisnoggrann
แม่นยำ
chính xác

precise

[prɪˈsaɪs] ADJ
1. (= exact) [description, figure, measurements] → exacto; [instructions] → preciso; [details, information] → concreto
he didn't give a precise dateno precisó la fecha
the timing had to be very precisehabía que calcular el tiempo con mucha precisión
there were five, to be precisepara ser exacto or preciso, fueron cinco
can you be more precise?¿puedes ser más concreto?
at that precise momenten ese preciso instante
it achieved the precise opposite of what we intendedcon ello se consiguió exactamente or justamente lo contrario de lo que queríamos
2. (= meticulous) → meticuloso

precise

[prɪˈsaɪs] adj
(= exact) [location, details, figure, definition, measurements, instructions, plans] → précis(e)
at that precise moment → à cet instant précis
the precise moment when → le moment précis
to be precise adv (= in fact) → pour être précis
[person] → précis(e)
He's very precise in everything he does → Il est très précis dans tout ce qu'il fait.

precise

adj
genau; answer, description alsopräzise; at that precise momentgenau in dem Augenblick; this was the precise amount I neededdas war genau or exakt der Betrag, den ich brauchte; please be more precisedrücken Sie sich bitte etwas genauer or deutlicher aus; but was it this precise colour?aber war es genau diese Farbe?; 18, to be precise18, um genau zu sein; or, to be more precise, …oder, um es genauer zu sagen, …; in that precise voice of herspräzise or exakt, wie sie nun einmal spricht; these precise British accentsdie akzentuierte Aussprache der Briten
(= meticulous) workerexakt, genau, präzise

precise

[prɪˈsaɪs] adj (gen) → preciso/a (pej) (over precise) → pignolo/a, pedante
there were 5, to be precise → ce n'erano 5, per essere precisi
at that precise moment → in quel preciso istante
he's very precise in everything he does → è sempre molto preciso in quello che fa
a precise old lady → una vecchietta meticolosa

precise

(priˈsais) adjective
1. exact. Give me his precise words; precise instructions; a precise translation.
2. careful to be accurate and exact in manner, speech etc. He is always very precise.
preˈciseness noun
preˈcisely adverb
1. exactly. at midday precisely; Precisely what do you mean?; He spoke very precisely.
2. used to express complete agreement. `So you think we should wait until tomorrow?' `Precisely.'
preˈcision (-ˈsiʒən) noun
exactness; accuracy. He spoke with great precision; (also adjective) precision tools (=tools used for obtaining very accurate results).

precise

بِالضَبْط přesný præcis präzise ακριβής preciso tarkka précis precizan preciso 正確な 정확한 precies nøyaktig dokładny preciso точный precis แม่นยำ tam chính xác 精确的

precise

a. preciso-a, correcto-a.

precise

adj preciso
References in classic literature ?
But identity is a precise conception, and no word, in ordinary speech, stands for anything precise.
But when we become precise, our remembering becomes different from that of ordinary life, and if we forget this we shall go wrong in the analysis of ordinary memory.
A note couched in precise terms, containing special interrogatories, was then drawn up and addressed to the Observatory of Cambridge in Massachusetts.
We are, nevertheless, seldom able with certainty to tell in any given species, at what period of life, or at what period of the year, or whether only at long intervals, the check falls; or, again, what is the precise nature of the check.
I am sure, if there are no precise proofs of their having done so, there is nothing, on the other hand, that can entitle us positively to conclude that they never did.
But what particular degree of frequency may be absolutely necessary for the purpose, does not appear to be susceptible of any precise calculation, and must depend on a variety of circumstances with which it may be connected.
I should have found for myself a form of activity in keeping with it, to be precise, drinking to the health of everything "sublime and beautiful.
But there is this difference in the Departure: that the term does not imply so much a sea event as a definite act entailing a process - the precise observation of certain landmarks by means of the compass card.
To read one of his greater pastoral poems for the first time is like a day spent in a new country; the memory is crowded for a while with its precise and vivid incidents:--
But you must be a thorough whaleman, to see these sights; and not only that, but if you wish to return to such a sight again, you must be sure and take the exact intersecting latitude and longitude of your first stand-point, else so chance-like are such observations of the hills, that your precise, previous stand-point would require a laborious re-discovery; like the Solomon islands, which still remain incognita, though once high-ruffed Mendanna trod them and old Figuera chronicled them.
for at that time, and indeed until a comparatively late day, the precise origin of ambergris remained, like amber itself, a problem to the learned.
This idea admits not of precise demonstration, because there is no rule by which we can measure the momentum of civil power necessary to the government of any given number of individuals; but when we consider that the island of Britain, nearly commensurate with each of the supposed confederacies, contains about eight millions of people, and when we reflect upon the degree of authority required to direct the passions of so large a society to the public good, we shall see no reason to doubt that the like portion of power would be sufficient to perform the same task in a society far more numerous.