- 1Marked by exactness and accuracy of expression or detail: precise directions I want as precise a time of death as I can getMore example sentences
- It also requires that any interference with freedom of expression must be precise enough that it can be understood.
- His direction is lean and precise, but allows his characters and scenes to expand.
- Although it may seem obvious what rock is, formulating a precise definition is not straightforward.
- 1.1(Of a person) exact, accurate, and careful about details: the director was precise with his camera positionsMore example sentences
- She was precise, logical, the possessor of the uncluttered desk and uncluttered mind.
- Christopher is a slender and precise man in a collarless shirt and very pressed trousers.
- He was so precise about it too, almost like a surgeon would be when dealing with a patient.
- 1.2 [attributive] Used to emphasize that one is referring to an exact and particular thing: at that precise moment the car stoppedMore example sentences
- I think it would be helpful if I very briefly refer to the precise finding of that employment tribunal.
- No precise moment can be specified; like much else in medicine it will be a matter of judgment.
- If I chose that way and was extremely unlucky, it might crash down at that precise moment, killing me inconveniently.
to be precise
- Used to indicate that one is now giving more exact or detailed information: there were not many—five, to be preciseMore example sentences
- Mine took more persuasion, or rather frantic hacking to be precise.
- Hannah Honner has a lot of sisters at home, five to be precise and just one brother called William.
- Only we're in Sussex, a few miles west of Guildford, to be precise, which sounds rather less romantic than rural France.
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- When this assumption is relaxed, there is less preciseness but more realism.
- The preciseness of the prediction has fascinated historians.
- I have never really stated with any degree of preciseness just what I do and what I do not believe.
late Middle English: from Old French prescis, from Latin praecis- 'cut short', from the verb praecidere, from prae 'in advance' + caedere 'to cut'.