adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French precis, from Latin praecisus, past participle of praecidere to cut off, from prae- + caedere to cut Date: 15th century 1. exactly or sharply defined or stated 2. minutely exact 3. strictly conforming to a pattern, standard, or convention 4. distinguished from every other <
at just that precise moment
Synonyms: see correctpreciseness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Precise — Pre*cise , a. [L. praecisus cut off, brief, concise, p. p. of praecidere to cut off in front, to cut off; prae before + caedere to cut: cf. F. pr[ e]cis. Cf. {Concise}.] 1. Having determinate limitations; exactly or sharply defined or stated;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • precise — ► ADJECTIVE 1) marked by exactness of expression or detail. 2) very attentive to detail. 3) exact; particular: at that precise moment. DERIVATIVES precisely adverb preciseness noun. USAGE Strictly speaking, pre …   English terms dictionary

  • precise — [adj1] exact, accurate absolute, actual, categorical, circumscribed, clear cut, correct, decisive, definite, determinate, explicit, express, fixed, individual, limited, literal, narrow, nice, on the button*, on the money*, on the nose*,… …   New thesaurus

  • precise — [prē sīs′, prisīs′] adj. [MFr précis < L praecisus, pp. of praecidere, to cut off, be brief < prae , before (see PRE ) + caedere, to cut (see CIDE)] 1. strictly defined; accurately stated; definite 2. speaking definitely or distinctly 3.… …   English World dictionary

  • precise — I adjective accurate, careful, clean cut, clear cut, close, correct, critical, defined, definite, detailed, determinate, diligens, distinct, elegans, even, exact, explicit, express, faithful, fastidious, faultless, finical, finicky, flawless,… …   Law dictionary

  • précisé — précisé, ée (pré si zé, zée) part. passé de préciser. Une époque précisée. Des circonstances précisées …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • precise — (adj.) mid 15c., from M.Fr. précis condensed, cut short (14c.), from M.L. precisus, from L. praecisus abridged, cut off, pp. of praecidere to cut off, shorten, from prae before (see PRE (Cf. pre )) + caedere to cut (see CEMENT (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • precise — exact, accurate, Correct, nice, right Analogous words: definite, express, Cxplicit: strict, *rigid, rigorous, stringent Antonyms: loose Contrasted words: lax, slack (see LOOSE): Careless, heedless …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • precise — pre|cise W3 [prıˈsaıs] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: précis, from Latin praecisus, from praecidere to cut off ] 1.) precise information, details etc are exact, clear, and correct = ↑exact ▪ precise sales figures ▪ It was difficult to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • precise — [[t]prɪsa͟ɪs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: ADJ n (emphasis) You use precise to emphasize that you are referring to an exact thing, rather than something vague. I can remember the precise moment when my daughter came to see me and her new baby brother in… …   English dictionary

  • precise — pre|cise [ prı saıs ] adjective * 1. ) exact and accurate: Lara was able to tell me everything that had happened in precise detail. There is no precise definition of a storm. Can you be a little more precise? The precise date and place of his… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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