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1. The act, process, or result of approximating.
2. Mathematics An inexact result adequate for a given purpose.

ap·prox′i·ma′tive (-mā′tĭv) adj.
ap·prox′i·ma′tive·ly adv.
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Adj.1.approximative - not quite exact or correctapproximative - not quite exact or correct; "the approximate time was 10 o'clock"; "a rough guess"; "a ballpark estimate"
inexact - not exact
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References in classic literature ?
Rosamond became serious too, and slightly meditative; in fact, she was going through many intricacies of lace-edging and hosiery and petticoat-tucking, in order to give an answer that would at least be approximative.
Autrement dit, [beaucoup moins que]l'acteur politique[beaucoup plus grand que] est reste prisonnier d'une interpretation implicite des dispositions constitutionnelles ou en ayant recours a une application approximative. En termes plus clairs, une bonne application du texte constitutionnel est tributaire a la fois du contexte et des acteurs politiques censes veritablement porter le projet constitutionnel.
Yahia Benine (MSP) a reproche au gouvernement [beaucoup moins que]sa maitrise approximative de la majorite des dossiers[beaucoup plus grand que].
speakers don't spell-out something like the following (brackets added to make clear the approximative derivation): [v*P phase1 gave a book to Paul] [CP phase2 that Mary] [v*P phase3 said] [CP phase4 who]?
Les participantes ont recu le programme d'enseignement d'une duree approximative de 90 minutes, dont un taux de participation de 33 %.
Approximative realization of integral constraints and generalized constructions in the class of vector finitely additive measures.
Rusek, "Approximative matrix inverse computations for very-large MIMO and applications to linear pre-coding systems," in 2013 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC), pp.
Two papers by the same authors using Heun type functions are Fermions in Magnestars Crust in terms of Heun Double Confluent Functions [104] and The Approximative Analytic Study of Fermions in Magnetar's Crust; Ultra-Relativistic Plane Waves, Heun and Mathieu Solutions and Beyond [105].
It is an approximative technique, and the resulting images are less quantitative than with projection-based methods.