Definition of inexact in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɪnɪɡˈzakt/
Pronunciation: /ˌɪnɛɡˈzakt/


Not quite accurate or correct: an inexact description
More example sentences
  • But even in this computerised age, avalanche prediction is an inexact science and that is because of the variables involved.
  • NEW Year predictions have been flying around all week and I see no reason why I should not have a go at this remarkably inexact science.
  • However, calculating the beneficial effect to the atmosphere derived from a given area of trees is as yet an inexact science.
imprecise, not accurate, not exact, approximate, rough, crude, coarse-grained, general, vague, hazy, woolly;
incorrect, erroneous, wrong, false, fallacious, wide of the mark, off target, off, out, wanting, lacking
North American informal ballpark



Pronunciation: /ˌɪnɪɡˈzaktɪtjuːd/
Pronunciation: /ˌɪnɛɡˈzaktɪtjuːd/
Example sentences
  • Their behaviour during an ordinary weekend of vacation abroad was misinterpreted and reported with grave inexactitudes.
  • Some were major untruths, others simply mischievous inexactitudes.
  • In the 17th century, ‘certain great whales’ were defined, with biological inexactitude, as being ‘royal fish’.


Pronunciation: /ˌɪnɪɡˈzaktli/
Pronunciation: /ˌɪnɛɡˈzaktli/
Example sentences
  • ‘Neo - is a prefix that derives from the Greek adjective neos - ‘new’ or ‘fresh’ - and in theory it is used inexactly for those conservatives who once were not - or for those who have reinterpreted conservatism…
  • Ellinor is established in a bravura passage in which Glenthorn, the tale's official narrator, inexactly recollects the tales Ellinor told him of Irish history and myth.
  • Different numbers might be represented exactly or inexactly within the FPU, but all IEEE values are represented with exactly the same precision of 15 decimals.


Pronunciation: /ɪnɪɡˈzaktnəs/
Pronunciation: /ɪnɛɡˈzaktnəs/
Example sentences
  • Perhaps his training as a physicist doesn't necessarily provide the best training for the inexactness of political discussion.
  • Second, in most cases, such a test is exact or, to the extent it is less than exact, the inexactness will work in favour of the accused.
  • Despite the inherent inexactness of reproduction cost estimates, he insisted that their economic importance was such that they could not be ignored when they markedly differed from actual cost figures.

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