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terminological inexactitude Line breaks: ter¦mino|logic¦al in|exacti|tude

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Definition of terminological inexactitude in English:

noun

A lie (used as a humorous euphemism): it wasn’t the moment to correct terminological inexactitudes
More example sentences
  • As with Lord Scott's deliberations, much hinged on the interpretation of words and the meanings of phrases, for the higher reaches of government are a rarefied world of sophistries and terminological inexactitudes.
  • This terminological inexactitude is unlikely to be accidental on the part of Ha'aretz.
  • And please, Santa, make sure there's one of those interminable mini-disc CD recorders inside the machine to make sure we remind him of what he said each time he utters a terminological inexactitude.

Origin

First used by Winston Churchill in a Commons speech in 1906.

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