Accurate Ac"cu*rate, a. [L. accuratus, p. p. and a., fr. accurare to take care of; ad + curare to take care, cura care. See {Cure}.] 1. In exact or careful conformity to truth, or to some standard of requirement, the result of care or pains; free from failure, error, or defect; exact; as, an accurate calculator; an accurate measure; accurate expression, knowledge, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. Precisely fixed; executed with care; careful. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Those conceive the celestial bodies have more accurate influences upon these things below. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Correct; exact; just; nice; particular.

Usage: {Accurate}, {Correct}, {Exact}, {Precise}. We speak of a thing as correct with reference to some rule or standard of comparison; as, a correct account, a correct likeness, a man of correct deportment. We speak of a thing as accurate with reference to the care bestowed upon its execution, and the increased correctness to be expected therefrom; as, an accurate statement, an accurate detail of particulars. We speak of a thing as exact with reference to that perfected state of a thing in which there is no defect and no redundance; as, an exact coincidence, the exact truth, an exact likeness. We speak of a thing as precise when we think of it as strictly conformed to some rule or model, as if cut down thereto; as a precise conformity instructions; precisely right; he was very precise in giving his directions. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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